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Welcome to St. Mary's Whitechapel and Trinity Episcopal Churches


St. Mary's Whitechapel was constructed in 1669 as a place of worship and a colonial center. Located in Lancaster County, Virginia, on Virginia's Northern Neck, it is near the current village of Lively.  We invite you to join us for worship in a space that has welcomed parishioners for over 350 years. The natural beauty of our grounds, the reverence of our historic cemetery, the opportunity for personal reflection at the labyrinth, and the charm of the colonial sanctuary combine to form a truly special place for worship and meditation.  Holy Eucharist is observed Sundays at 11:15 a.m. 


Joint service August 14 at Whitechapel, 10:00 a.m. - Scholarship Sunday


Located in Lancaster village, Trinity Episcopal Church was founded in 1884. Trinity is a warm and hospitable community  dedicated to welcoming folks of all ages. Our worship is liturgical, inviting and informal.  Holy Eucharist is observed on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. 

Our history is rooted in ministry to children and families. Children and their accompanying voices (also dogs!) are always welcome at Trinity.  Whether you are single or in a family, we would love to have you visit us any Sunday morning at our 9:30 a.m. service, and all are welcome at coffee hour after the service. Come join us, the little church with the big heart.

Joint service August 14 at Whitechapel, 10:00 a.m. - Scholarship Sunday


 Mission Statement

Trinity is a little country church in the heart of Lancaster County.  Our mission is fostering Christian growth within our church family, reaching out to others, and witnessing to Christ's love through our words, deeds, and generosity of spirit.



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 Joint service August 14 at Whitechapel, 10:00 a.m. - Scholarship Sunday



Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.  Luke 10:27




The Labyrinth in the Woods at Whitechapel 

The Labyrinth in the Woods at Whitechapel is a lovely spot for personal reflection, spiritual practice or reduction of stress. To walk a labyrinth one steps on to the path and simply puts one foot in front of the other. Take your time, there is no rush. When you come to a change of direction follow it,  trusting the path to lead you. When you arrive at the center medallion take a few moments to pause and then begin walking the same path back out to the beginning. It’s one path, no blind endings.

Consider the first part of the walk as an opportunity to release your mind and concerns. The second part is in the center medallion, a time to breathe and listen for clarity. The third part is the returning. As you walk the same path out that brought you to the center you may find yourself integrating this experience into your life, clarity concerning a question or perhaps a sense of refreshment. Walk the labyrinth at your own pace. 

The Labyrinth is level with easy access and benches for resting; parking nearby.  It is open year round in daylight hours.

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"Grace" - a photo by Eric Enstrom, circa 1920



Yours is the day, O God, yours also the night; you established the moon and the sun.

You fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.

Psalm 74:15,16


O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.





Almighty God, Lord of heaven and earth: We humbly pray
that thy gracious providence may give and preserve to our
use the harvests of the land and of the seas, and may prosper
all who labor to gather them, that we, who constantly receive
good things from thy hand, may always give thee thanks;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with
thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



O God, who didst wonderfully create, and yet more
wonderfully restore, the dignity of human nature: Grant
that we may share the divine life of him who humbled
himself to share our humanity, thy Son Jesus Christ; who
liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.





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