St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Ardsley, New York

Ash Wednesday Service at 7:30 PM via Zoom

To join via phone:

  • Dial: 1 929 205 6099

  • Meeting ID: 960 1152 3996#

For those who plan to attend in person, the church is all clean and sanitized, and equipped with hand sanitizer, gloves, and extra masks if you forget yours. It is all marked for social distancing as well, so please join us if you feel comfortable doing so.

Please click on the PDF below to read the latest edition of The St. Barnabas Beacon, October 2020






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  •      (Canceled until further notice) Sundays at 10 AM:  Holy Eucharist, followed by           fellowship coffee hour

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Important letter from Father Mathew to the parish

Dear People of God,


With the Season of Lent officially approaching us, and still in the midst of the pandemic, we are confronted by the question of being the church in an effective manner. It is also our responsibility to make necessary adaptations for the well-being of each other, but the required adaptations cannot stop the experience of God’s Holy Sanctuary within each one of us. I look forward to Ash Wednesday that marks the beginning of Lent. Also, I look forward to our Lent services and the observance of Holy Week services in a safe, socially spacious, and socially responsible way. Let me emphasize once again that it is our social and spiritual responsibility to continue to follow the guidelines issued by the health care authorities and our diocese.


With the resurge of the virus, our diocese leaned towards the suspension of public worship. But the bishop finally stopped short of calling it an official suspension, giving that discretion to individual parishes and the clergy serving those parishes to make that decision at least with some form of expected restrictions. With this great privilege comes great responsibility on our part. Fortunately, by God's grace, we are functioning with the hybrid model we are following, although there some limitations. While some parishes have opted for a completely remote or virtual way of worship experience or by using Morning Prayer liturgy, we have been continuing with The Holy Eucharist service liturgy by participation in a Spiritual Communion Prayer. There is certainly optimism in the fact that there is slight decline in the COVID-19 cases, but this optimism should be followed by continued cautiousness. In strong hope to see a continued decline in virus cases and hoping for an effective implementation of vaccination at least for our senior members in the parish; I look forward to celebrating Holy Communion in one form (bread only) beginning with our Easter Sunday Service. 


Through this letter, I wish to address another question that at least some of our parishioners might have with regards to our tradition of imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday. The bishop in a clergy dean's meeting (which I am a part of as a dean) and also in an official letter to the clergy and parishes dated January 14, 2021 has forbidden the customary practice of imposing ashes in all forms and manners. This prohibition includes all alternatives to the prayer book practice including the use of disposable Q-tips, sprinkling ashes, or sending ashes home with people. To quote our bishop, "May I say that the point of wearing ashes on Ash Wednesday is not the ashes themselves. It is the broken and contrite heart we present to God." Let me also clarify that the use of ashes at all is entirely optional in the Ash Wednesday liturgy even during normal circumstances. It is an outwardly symbol that we have incorporated as part of the rubrics. Jesus powerfully reminds us that the rending of our hearts is the most important.


I believe that we should stay away from all alternative practices this year in patience and hope. Along with this letter, please see the Bishop’s letter addressed to all of us. I know it's a really tough time for all of us including myself and the pandemic has certainly affected many practices that we have taken for granted. But we will get over this with a yearning in our hearts. I welcome you to the wilderness experience that the Season of Lent offers. Let us hold strong in faith, believing that victory awaits us through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


With love and prayers.



Varghese Mathew+

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

2 Revolutionary Road, Ardsley, NY 10502

(914) 693-3366

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