“Be still and feel the presence of God.”
Welcome to St. Bede's Episcopal Church, Saint Petersburg, Florida. We are part of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida and located in the northwest part of downtown St. Petersburg. For over sixty years, the Episcopal Church of St. Bede has been home to those who find comfort and spiritual guidance in the traditional Anglo-Catholic worship service. This is a Holy place where the presence of God can be felt through the liturgy and through Holy Communion in the Mass. The service music as well as the hymns and anthems are chosen to enhance the selected readings of the day. St. Bede’s would like to welcome all who want to be a part of this very special service where you can “Be still and feel the presence of God.”
Come and join our St. Bede's church family for worship every Sunday at 10:00a.m. and Thursday for our Healing Service at 10:00a.m. We are an active church with many opportunities for service as we continue to reach out in our Community, our country, and in world missions. Our programs are on-going as we aim to become more Christ like in our life’s Journey. Directions
St. Bede’s began as a mission of St. Peter’s Cathedral to the growing northwest area of St. Petersburg. more
Worship is the heart of our faith. Continued learning (formation) is the backbone of our faith. St. Bede’s Adult Formation. more
We welcome you to join us... Social Hour, Bread Blessing, Church Dinners, Special Occasions. more
Each year The Episcopal Church of St. Bede provides Easter baskets to the preschoolers and their families. more
Lenten program after Mass lead by Fr. Percival
Early Christians observed "a season of penitence and fasting" in preparation for the Paschal feast, or Pascha (BCP, pp. 264-265). The season now known as Lent (from an Old English word meaning "spring," the time of lengthening days) has a long history. Originally, in places where Pascha was celebrated on a Sunday, the Paschal feast followed a fast of up to two days.
In the third century this fast was lengthened to six days. Eventually this fast became attached to, or overlapped, another fast of forty days, in imitation of Christ's fasting in the wilderness. The forty-day fast was especially important for converts to the faith who were preparing for baptism, and for those guilty of notorious sins who were being restored to the Christian assembly. In the western church the forty days of Lent extend from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, omitting Sundays. The last three days of Lent are the sacred Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.
Today Lent has reacquired its significance as the final preparation of adult candidates for baptism. Joining with them, all Christians are invited "to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's Holy Word" (BCP, p. 265).
March 23, 2017
Preliminary work on the roof started today. Our general contractor, in coordination with our roofing contractor, is doing two things. The first will eliminate the skylight at the entrance to the office lobby. The second will allow for the restoration of the original appearance of the bell tower. The roof is steep and the work is hard and can be dangerous. Our workers deserve our prayers and thanks!
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