MINISTRIES

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OUTREACH MINISTRIES

This aspect of our spiritual life is curtailed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s a description of what we traditionally have done in this area.

 

Every Friday at 2:00PM, a service of Healing and Holy Eucharist is celebrated at the Anglican Cathedral of San José de Gracia in the historic center of the city at 139 Mesones (between Pino Suarez and Correo Mayor — metro Pino Suarez).  Following the service, a free meal is offered to all who attend. This community ministry is known as Santa Juliana de Norwich, and from time to time the material needs of the community are addressed with the events like health fairs of the distribution of food baskets and medicine.

 

Christ Church also has an informal outreach to the patients and their families at the Hospital General. Every Monday a team of clergy and laity visits the Sala de Emergencias, offering prayers, pastoral care, and a simple supper for those in a time of need and difficulty.

 

Our buildings are also is used for outreach by organizations such as Alcohólicos Anónimos (AA), and we make our office spaces available to groups as varied as the British and Commonwealth Benevolent Society, psychologists, and a massage therapist.

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MUSIC

This aspect of our spiritual life is curtailed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s a description of what we traditionally have done in this area.

 

Music has always been an important part of our life at Christ Church. We use well-known traditional hymns occasionally supplemented by a new hymn. We also join our voices enthusiastically in singing the service music.

 

Our choir of both amateur and professional musicians, makes an important contribution to our parish life. Under the direction of Juan Ernesto Villegas, an instructor at the Escuela de Iniciación Artística No. 2 of INBA, the national fine-arts institute, the choir rehearses on Saturdays, and Sundays immediately before the service. They lead the congregation in singing the hymns and service music and regularly offer anthems in a variety of styles by composers such as Vivaldi, Palestrina, Bruckner, and Handel.

 

The choir’s inspiring music also provides Christ Church with an important avenue for contact with the larger community. Our choir performed Mozart’s Requiem for the Instituto de Cultura de Morelos at the Teatro Ocampo and at the Convento de La Asunción de Yautepec and performed sacred and secular favorites for the British Society’s celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. The annual service of Lessons and Carols before Christmas brings together English-speakers and music lovers from all over the city for this beautiful celebration.