St. Chad's Anglican Church stained glass window

The Book of Common Prayer — Digital Version

The 1928 Book of Common Prayer can be downloaded here in PDF format (size roughly 2 Mb). This is handy if you would like to easily keep a digital version either on your home computer, tablet or smart phone. This is very handy, for example, when you are out and want to find a very good prayer or traveling and conveniently have the Offices of Morning and Evening Prayer with you. (If the file opens in your browser instead of downloading, you probably simply need to right-click on the link and choose "SAVE AS" or "DOWNLOAD LINK" — the actual words depending on which browser you are using.)

Substitue priest for 8 a.m. services

We offer many thanks to Father James Bordner graciously filling in the 8 a.m. services for our Fr. Don, while he recuperates from a bout with a nasty virus. Fr. Bordner is the Priest-in-Charge at St. James Anglican Catholic Church, in central San Antonio. Bishop Ebenezer will conduct the 10:30 a.m. services.

We also give thanks that Fr. Don continues to regain his strength from his recent illness.

O LORD, holy Father, by whose loving-kindness our souls and bodies are renewed; Mercifully look upon this thy servant, that, every cause of sickness being removed, he may be restored to soundness of health; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, p. 322

OUTREACH: Adopt a Child Program

During July and August, St. Chad's Anglican Church will be participating in a city-wide project which provides school supplies and back-to-school clothing for needy children. This program is sponsored by the Daughters of Charity of San Antonio and in 2013 provided for 574 students.

St. Chad’s Sunday School class took part in this activity last year and helped an 11-year-old boy. The project was so well received that this year the entire congregation has chosen to participate and will be sponsoring an 8-year-old girl.

If you wish to contribute to this particular outreach, please make out your check to St. Chad’s and specify "Assist Child" (or something similar) in the Memo.

UPDATE — Here is a picture of the supplies collected:

O LORD Jesus Christ, who dost embrace children with the arms of thy mercy, and dost make them living members of thy Church; Give them grace, we pray thee, to stand fast in thy faith, to obey thy word, and to abide in thy love; that, being made strong by thy Holy Spirit, they may resist temptation and overcome evil, and may rejoice in the life that now is, and dwell with thee in the life that is to come; through thy merits, O merciful Saviour, who with the Father and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest one God, world without end. Amen. 

The Hood Memorial Bell

The Hood Memorial BellDedication, blessing and first use of The Hood Memorial Bell was during the Palm Sunday service.









True, Traditional Anglican Worship

Set on a quiet street among a grove of trees in a major Texas city, is a native stone Anglican Church. This is St. Chad’s Parish Church, which offers the worship services of this historic faith.

The Anglican worship services held here are much unchanged from the adoption of rites into the English language by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer in 1549; codified by Queen Elizabeth 1 in 1558, and authorized by Parliament in 1662. These Anglican services, after a few adjustments, were authorized in 1928 for the American Church. Through the successive consecration of its bishops, this Church can trace its origin back to the Apostles, and first century Christianity.

Established in 1992, St. Chad’s Parish was named for the seventh century bishop of Lichfield, England. This Parish is home for all worship, baptism, confirmation, marriage, and funeral services, as well as the fellowship, visitation, and spiritual care of its members. St. Chad’s is also a sponsor of an annual Mission to Nigeria by Bishop Ebenezer Manuagwu.

Inside this Parish Church is a warm, friendly place that meets every need for Christian assembly, worship, and fellowship. The chancel contains furniture imported from England, including the altar, the altar rail, prayer desks, and the Bishops chair; artistically hand carved cabinetwork in beautiful quarter-sawn English brown oak. This furniture was purchased from a Parish in England that closed there many years ago, and is believed to be over 200 years old.

Above the altar is a stained glass window representing the four Evangelists and other spiritual references. The window was designed and built by a Parish member, and complements the worship center of the sanctuary.

All are welcome here. The Holy Eucharist is celebrated twice on Sundays; at 8:00 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m.

Celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible!

First Edition 1611 King James Bible pageMay 2011 marked 400 years since the first publishing of the King James Bible. This enormous work is acknowledged to be one of the greatest influences on the English language, and the English Church at its beginning, and then as a Scripture source for nearly all of the Christian world. A visit to the Internet shows that the 400th anniversary of the 1611 King James Bible is being observed all over the world.

The King James Bible is the source of the Propers in the Book of Common Prayer, the Scripture source that we live, learn, and worship by every day of our lives.

First Edition 1611 King James Bible display at St. Chad'sWe are pleased to add observance of this work. St. Chad’s has set up a display of an original page from the very first edition of the King James Bible from 1611. It shows this actual page, a certificate of authenticity and pages detailing some history of this momentous achievement.

Due to the popularity of the exhibit, it will be available indefinitely.

Fr. Don

St. Chad’s on Facebook

St. Chad's is on FacebookFollow St. Chad’s on Facebook. We occasionally post updates and photos and such. Stop by our Facebook page to see. If you are a member of Facebook, you can "Like" us (a slightly odd term) and follow our posts and activities.