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We will have a single, bilingual service at Noon CDT on Pentecost Sunday, May 23, 2021.

The plan is to broadcast it live on our YouTube channel, as well as our Facebook pages in both English and Spanish. It will be videotaped and available afterwards in those Web places.

While the service is expected to take place in our church sanctuary, unfortunately only scheduled participants in the Eucharist will be able to attend in person, because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Christian Pentecost of course commemorates the gathering of the Apostles and others of the faithful 50 days after the Resurrection on Easter and 10 days after Jesus’s Ascension to Heaven. The words Pentecost and Pentecostés come from the Greek word for 50, and that first gathering was to celebrate the Jewish harvest festival of Shavuot, which begins 50 days after the first day of Passover.

But on that particularly glorious day in Jerusalem, the Holy Spirit descended and each person present understood God’s message in his or her own language.

And that is the commemorative point of what has become  tradition in our multilingual parish of having the Biblical readings in a variety of languages.

Look next weekend in your e-mail or on the sites of our online presence for the bulletin that will provide English and Spanish translations of all parts of the service.

For any who might not know, we treat  Pentecost Sunday as the birthday of Christ Church Parish because it was the date of the first service in 1896 in our first and former church building on Artículo 123 in the Centro Histórico.

We cannot all gather physically this year for our birthday on this, a Principal Feast of the Anglican Communion, but we can “virtually.”

The Web address for our YouTube channel is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcj_mPjL007uu1ac9dUNTtw

One Service on Pentecost Sunday, May 23

At ever-so-long last, the prospect appears to be within reach of our resuming regular, in-person religious services.

Things can’t – at the very least, not yet – be the way they were before the pandemic, because it isn’t over. But the risk – which any attendee will have to assume – is approaching reasonable.
A number of pieces remains to this puzzle, but your Vestry continues to plan for just how and when a resumption of regular services will be possible. The Standing Committee of our Diocese has modified the instructions to parishes so that each Vestry can now decide when it is safe to resume services.
As such, it would be very helpful to understand just how many of our parishioners are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. So it would be very much appreciated if you would let us know if you are, by either e-mailing our parish secretary, Mary Rosa Casar, at office@christchurch.mx or calling her at the parish office, 55 5202-0949 or 55 5520-3763.

All information will be protected in conformity with the privacy laws and regulations of Mexico and Mexico City.

There are givens. Attendance will have to be limited for now, and it will be necessary to wear masks and sit in indicated, socially distanced and marked places in the pews. Communicants will return to their pews by side aisles, where they can lift their masks and consume the Bread. The congregation will not sing, and the choir will be minimal.

Our re-opening committee, led by Vestry member Chris Stephens, an UNAM nuclear physicist, long since has consulted with qualified epidemiologists and developed these and other safety procedures.
Those also include that attendees will have to give contact information upon entering the premises, in case, Heaven forfend, any tracing became necessary. Temperatures will be taken. There are disinfecting mats at all entrances. Places to sit are marked on the pews, and complete service bulletins will be placed there and attendees will be asked to take those with them when they leave. Prayerbooks and hymnals have been removed.

It is highly likely that there will be only one service in English, at a time to be determined, and one in Spanish. This is mostly because of the thorough cleaning that will be done between services.

All this is only partly distinct from government regulation. It was announced on Friday, May 28, that Mexico City will continue another week at the city government’s precaution level of yellow, the stage just before all activities being permitted without restriction. The point is, we’re not there yet.

The bilingual, live Eucharist on Pentecost can be judged largely a success, with some modifications such as improving the audio having been recognized. And the plan is to continue to make videos of services available on the parish’s Internet platforms, including Facebook pages and the church Web site.

Let the church say, “Amen. Allelluia. Allelluia.”

Update to Our Community

Help Us Plan for Our Safe Re-Opening

We told you wrong: Our single, bilingual service on Pentecost Sunday, May 23, will begin at 12:30 p.m., not Noon.

It will be broadcast live on our Spanish-language Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ChristChurchMexico/?rf=174317259276649 (.)

The service will take place in our church sanctuary, but unfortunately pretty much only scheduled participants in the Eucharist will be able to attend in person, because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Just after the end of the service, a video of it will be posted to our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcj_mPjL007uu1ac9dUNTtw), Web site (www.christchurch.mx), and English-language Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ChristChurchMx).

You have to log-in to Facebook to view content there, but you just have to click on the Internet address of our YouTube channel and parish Web site.

The bulletin with the text for this Sunday’s special service is being sent along with this e-mail.
And it will be Happy Birthday to us: We treat  Pentecost Sunday as the birthday of Christ Church Parish because it was the occasion in 1896 of the first service  in our first and former church building on Artículo 123 in the Centro Histórico.

We cannot all gather physically this year for our birthday on this, a Principal Feast of the Anglican Communion, but we can “virtually.”

Urgent Update re Pentecost

Live Service on Facebook at 12:30, not Noon.