Welcome to Grace! Bienvenido a La Gracia!

To Love, Proclaim, and Serve God through

Amar, Proclamar y Servir a Dios a través de

  • life-giving liturgical worship
  • joyful community
  • empowering others

We live our mission through worship, in which lay adults, children and youth participate alongside our clergy.  Traditional, life-giving Eucharistic liturgy and fine music are hallmarks of worship at our parish, and we have weekly services in both English and Spanish.  We create a joyful community with a harvest of fellowship activities and events for all ages.  We empower and serve others through vital ministries, particularly around feeding the hungry.  Please explore our website to get to know us or, better yet, come visit!

For more information or to be added to our mailing list, please contact us at welcome@gracealex.org.

 

 

Musings from Mother Jenny 04.12.2024

For the solar eclipse this past Monday I just happened to be in Maine. Mind you, I am not an umbraphile, that is, a shadow lover, who plans months or years in advance to be at the perfect place to view the totality of a solar eclipse. Nonetheless, while on a post-Easter retreat and being driven up to the New England Outdoor Center in Millinocket, I saw the most amazing astronomical wonder I have ever witnessed! Words escape me.

With snow-topped Mount Katahdin, Maine’s highest point, as the backdrop, our group gathered with dozens of others to gaze up at the sun through eclipse-safe sunglasses. The closer the sun came to being over-shadowed by the moon, the eerier it all became. Colors seemed a tinge odd. Tree shadows were distorted. Talking hushed. Tears filled my eyes. My body felt uneasy, unsettled, unsure. In those seven minutes from 3:28 to 3:35 p.m., we all were caught up in something bigger than ourselves. Time slowed down as awe and mystery took over. We all felt it, and, not knowing what else to do at the moment of totality, people started clapping and cheering. Later, I overheard someone say they would pay a million dollars to see it all over again.

So, I wonder, what is it about the eclipse that so captured our attention? My hunch is there was a spiritual dimension to it of which we weren’t fully aware. Somehow, I suspect, as we were drawn into this phenomenon, we felt connected to one another, connected to the universe, to mystery, to the sacredness of creation, and to our Creator. Granted, an hour later the party was in full swing, with the band playing, the oyster bar open and lobster sliders consumed as fast as they came out of the kitchen. And, yet, for those seven transcendent moments, something happened. We watched. We beheld. We surrendered. We connected. We became one. May it be so for Grace Church!

Grateful to be on this journey with you,
Mother Jenny+