We are a small Episcopal Church on the banks of the Rappahannock in Port Royal, Virginia. We acknowledge that we gather on the traditional land of the first people of Port Royal, the Nandtaughtacund, who are still here, and we honor with gratitude the land itself and the life of the Rappahannock Tribe. Our mission statement is to do God’s Will in all that we do.

“Mother Mary comes to me ” – the Virgin Mary

Today Aug 15 is the day we remember the Virgin Mary. There is an article about her on our website

Mary lived circa 18 BCE- 41 CE. She was a Jewish woman of Nazareth in Galilee, the daughter of Joachim and Anne and the wife of Joseph, the carpenter. She remained faithful to him through his death (when his disciples denied, betrayed, and fled), and even after his death, continued life in ministry with the apostles. She was chosen to be his mother and she said “yes”, a miracle for a young teenage girl. She was one person people could depend on

I have a list of 13 events in Jesus life that she was involved with. There are more feast days in The Episcopal Church honoring Mary than anyone else. We can name the common ones – Annunciation (March 25), Visitation (May 31), Mary the Virgin (August 15), and Christmas (December 25). The picture is an annunciation collage probably my favorite Mary day

Growing up I remember when the Beatles song “Let it Be” was released. It had this lyric “When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me/Speaking words of wisdom: Let it be.” The Advent connection with Mary had been my connection. I brought here out an then packed her away Paul McCartney’s song was another part of Mary’s appeal – Comfort. The song renewed my connection to Mary helping me through difficult times.

In reality the song was about Paul’s mother who succumbed to breast cancer when he was just 14 years old.

He had a dream and was reunited with her. He wrote ” I woke up thinking, ‘Oh, it was really great to visit with her again.’ I felt very blessed to have that dream. So that got me writing the song ‘Let It Be.’” She was a major bread winner for the McCartney family as well as a mother. McCartney would cope with his grief by throwing himself into mastering the guitar. It would also serve as the foundation of his friendship with John Lennon, who would lose his mother less than two years later in a traffic accident.