About Our Ministry

About Reverend Gary

Worship Traditions

At the Chapel of Saint Valentine, we worship in the Anglican (or Episcopalian) tradition, and our services generally follow the participatory liturgies set forth in ​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Book of Common Prayer. We recognize that not everyone is comfortable with a liturgical format for their ceremony or service, so we work with you to tailor your services to fit with your traditions, values, needs and desires.

"It is a most invaluable part of that blessed ‘liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free,’ that in his worship different forms and usages may without offence be allowed, provided the substance of the Faith be kept entire." 
-- The Book of Common Prayer

Our Core Values

Faith

For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
-- Matthew 17:20
 
Integrity

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
-- Philippians 4:8
 
Inclusiveness

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
-- Galatians 3:28
 
Compassion

When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
-- Matthew 14:14
 
Social Justice

He has showed you what is good; and what the Lord requires of you: to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God.
-- Micah 6:8
 
Stewardship

There will come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt. After them there will arise seven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt; the famine will consume the world.
-- Genesis 41: 29-30


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About Saint Valentine

Our Patron, Saint Valentine, is well known, but not everyone who knows his name observes his Feast Day. Quite a few give out candy hearts on February 14. So, who was St. Valentine?

Well, it’s a little hazy. Maybe multiple people: There’s a Valentine who was a Roman priest and physician killed by Emperor Claudius II for marrying Christian couples. There was also a Valentine who was the bishop of Terni in Italy. He was also probably martyred sometime around 270 A.D. (reports date his death at 267, 270, 273, 280, and 300 A.D). They may have been the same person. He (or they) may have been executed for trying to convert the emperor or aiding persecuted Christians or refusing to sacrifice to pagan Gods.

Pope Gelasius officially dedicated February 14th to St. Valentine in 496 AD. There are a couple possible reasons for that date. He may have been killed on February 14 or it may be the day he was buried. It’s also possible the date was chosen in an attempt to Christianize the pagan feast of Lupercalia, which took place around that time and involved sacrifices, drinking, and beating people with the hides of animals while naked.

Coinciding with Lupercalia, which was associated with fertility, may be one of the reasons Valentine’s Day is associated with romantic love. There’s also a legend that Valentine fell in love with the blind daughter of his jailer (or judge, depending on the source). He supposedly signed his letter to her, “from your Valentine,” and restored her sight. This is most likely just a legend.

Valentine’s Day falls near Galatin’s Day (Galatin means “lover of women”), which was celebrated by the Normans. People may have just gotten confused at some point.

Or the association with romantic love may be Chaucer’s fault. He called Valentine’s Day the day “when every fowl cometh there to chose his mate.” Shakespeare helped romanticize the holiday, too.

Though many of the associations with Valentine may have accumulated over the centuries, there really was a Valentine. Archeologists have found a Roman catacomb and church dedicated to him.

Today, in addition to being the supposed reason for all those chocolate hearts and roses, he is also the patron saint of beekeepers, engaged couples, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, travelers, young people, and plague.

St. Valentine:
Three Different
Martyrs?

St. Valentine: LGBTQ & Marriage Equality Role Model?

SAFE CHURCH & YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING

Reverend Gary has been trained to recognize and report sexual harassment and exploitation and prevent, recognize and report child abuse through the ​​​ Episcopal Diocese of Long Island's SHE-CAP classroom training workshops at the Mercer School of Theology. He keeps his Safe Church training current by renewing it online at least every five (5) years through the Church Pension Group's Safeguarding Online program.  

As an adult Boy Scout Leader, Reverend Gary is also required to maintain current Youth Protection Training through the Boy Scouts of America's training program . He is required to renew this important certification every two (2) years through online recertification.
View Rev. Gary's Safe Church Training Certificate
View Rev. Gary's BSA Youth Protection Certificate