St. Michael’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church is the oldest church in Carlsbad. The historic chapel, built in 1894, is still in use for services.

As far as churches go, it’s kind of a beachy version of the ancient Christian Faith and is rooted in the Anglo-Catholic tradition.

Whether you’re in town for a week at the beach or a local pilgrim on a spiritual journey, you are welcome here!


Sunday Mass is celebrated at 9:30am. Seating is available both inside the church and outside on the lawn.

Daily Mass is Tuesday-Friday at 12:00pm and Saturday at 5:30pm inside the chapel.

Daily Morning and Evening Prayer are online.

I like to think of St. Michael’s by-the-Sea as a lighthouse. It is a beacon of God’s Truth and Love, perched on the edge of the map to illumine the pilgrim’s path with the true light that has come into the world, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Many faithful Christians have, and do, and will continue to call this place home. There are those who mind the lantern and love and serve God and others in this place. But there are just as many migrants seeking safe passage as they travel the road from brokenness to belief. They are on The Way, and St. Michael’s serves as a holy resting place to be refreshed and nourished.

Amidst the brokenness of humanity, and indeed, the brokenness of the Church, St. Michael’s beckons weary travelers to the beauty of this coastline, and the infinitely greater beauty of the life-giving and soul-saving gift of Our Lord Jesus Christ and his One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. He is the rock upon which this beacon is built. Whoever you are, and wherever you find yourself on your journey of faith, there is a place for you here.

Fr. Doran Stambaugh


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All Saints’ Day

Prelude Going Home | Antonin Leopold Dvorak https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uB8LTAnNf88 Entrance Procession For All The Saints, Who From Their Labors Rest https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBzELDm09uA For all the saints, who from their labors rest,Who thee by faith...

Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

Prelude O God, Thou Faithful God | Sigfrid Karg-Elert https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTvodyS7SJs Entrance Procession Lord Of All Being, Throned Afar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kJv6Rf7wmY Lord of all being, throned afar, Thy glory flames from sun and star;Center...

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Prelude Air (Water Music Suite) | Georg Frideric Handel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GF4poDEU-ow Entrance Procession Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmIDAo8sIDc Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love;Hearts unfold...

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Prelude Cromorne en Taille | Louis Marchand https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNt7mtvnjWs Entrance Procession O Worship The King, All Glorious Above https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OFRN1XljSo O worship the King, all glorious above!O gratefully sing his power and his...

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Prelude O Love Of God | C. Hubert Parry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tq_1-v18kA Entrance Procession The God Of Abraham Praise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMUA7bndWGI The God of Abraham praise, who reigns enthroned above;Ancient of everlasting days, and...

St. Michael and All Angels

Prelude Prelude In E Minor | Johann Sebastian Bach https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0zgn_jD8P4 Opening Meditation Ye Watchers And Ye Holy Ones https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7jhXxzyh-4 Ye watchers and ye holy ones,Bright seraphs, cherubim, and thrones,Raise the glad...