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Crche Festival - Epiphany 2013


Parish Picnic

Nancy and Victor Twaddell invited the parish to a pot luck picnic at their home following the Eucharist on Sunday, September 9th.





Lenten Array

In medieval England, it was the custom to veil crosses, statues, and ornaments in the church during the season of Lent. Originally, the veiling was done on the Monday after the First Sunday in Lent, but in modern times it has moved to the very beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday. The material used for the veils, as well as altar frontals and other hangings, is a natural, somewhat coarse material, such as unbleached muslin. Symbols of the Passion of Christ are applied to the veils and the ensemble is called the Lenten Array. The vestments of the clergy are made of similar material. 

Nails of the Crucifixion

Cross, spear, sponge, and       
crown of thorns     

Mary's heart, pierced
by a sword

The icon of Christ the High Priest is replaced with the "Icon Not Made With Hands", an icon of the veil on which the face of Christ was imprinted when the veil touched his face.



Christmas 2011

Karsen Box sings the first verse of
"Once in royal David's city"

Children assist at the crche


Advent Lessons and Carols

The churches of Salem and Hebron combined on the evening of December 4, 2011, for the fourth annual Advent Service of Lessons and Carols. An ecumenical choir was conducted by Jared Stamm and parish organist William Briggs played the organ. Lay people and clergy from all of the churches read the lessons and led the prayers of the service. (Click here to see the service leaflet.)

The Choir rehearsing before the service

The Congregation during the Postlude

Left to right: Jeffrey Peck, Parish Administrator, Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, Salem,
the Revd Donna Frischknecht Jackson, Pastor, First United Presbyterian Church, Salem,
the Revd Debbie Earthrowl, Pastor, Salem and West Hebron United Methodist Churches


The Bishop's Visitation

On Sunday, 9 October 2011, the Right Reverend William Love, Bishop of Albany, made his regular visitation to St. Paul's. Bishop Love celebrated and preached at the Sunday Eucharist and was the guest of honor at a parish luncheon after the Liturgy.





Salem Food Pantry

Although Hurricane Irene was technically only a tropical storm by the time she hit Salem, New York, on Sunday, 28 August 2011, she left tremendous destruction in her wake, flooding many buildings and leaving at least five homes so badly damaged that they had to be condemned. One of the victims of the storm was the Salem Food Pantry which is a lifeline for many area families. For many years, the Salem pantry has been housed in the basement of First United Presbyterian Church. When the church basement flooded, a great deal of food was ruined, as well as freezers and refrigerators. When St Paul's senior warden Philip Gould learned that the pantry needed a new home, he quickly proposed offering Burton Hall as a temporary home. On Friday, September 2nd, members of St Paul's, First United, and others from local churches and the community at large cleaned and equipped the main floor of Burton Hall for this purpose and the food pantry opened at its usual time on Saturday. (read more here....)

On right, St Paul's parish priest, Fr Kriss, with Salem Town Supervisor, Seth Pitts, in the new food pantry,
ready to open for business. (photo credit: Annette Nielson)                                                                             

Members of the community pitched in and local businesses contributed goods and services for a benefit dinner on Saturday evening, September 17th. More than $2,000 were raised, as well as contributions of food to stock the shelves of the pantry. The meal was served in Burton Hall in the same space that is now occupied by the food pantry. Music was provided by Bob Warren and local government officials helped serve the food which was prepared in the kitchen of the Old Washington County Court House, which is also recovering from the flood caused by hurricane Irene. Annette Nielson coordinated the effort.

The Altar of Our Lady of Salem (Peace)
Santa Maria de la Paz

Following a sabbatical in New Mexico, where he became acquainted with the traditional sacred art of the Hispanic community, Fr Kriss commissioned a young, award-winning santero (sacred artist), Nicolas Otero, to create a new reredos for the Lady Chapel at St Paul's. The centerpiece of the reredos is the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as Our Lady of Peace, Santa Maria de la Paz. "Salem" is a form of the Hebrew word shalom, "peace." Thus, Our Lady of Peace is Our Lady of Salem. The new reredos was dedicated on the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, at a service that both remembered the victims and heroes and also reflected on the themes of peace and reconciliation.

The process of creating the reredos in the santero tradition is similar to the process of creating Eastern Orthodox icons. The slide show below follows the creation of the reredos from a pencil sketch to its installation and blessing in St Paul's Church.


Salem High School Baccalaureate
19 June 2011


      The Preacher                                           Fr Liam Condon
             The Revd Debbie Earthrowl             Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church

Reception following the service

St Paul's parishioners


New Sanctuary Floor

As part of the renovation of the church building, a new floor was installed in the sanctuary. The aging carpet was removed and a floor of gray and red slate, quarried in nearby Granville, New York, was installed.

The One Hundred Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration




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