Solemn Blog Mass

In lieu of being closed for public worship, St. Michael’s will be bringing you a virtual “blog mass” complete with a video recording of the Sunday sermon. This simple liturgy is designed for home devotions, and it’s super easy!

First, take a moment to quiet your heart and prepare for worship. Then simply begin at the beginning! After reading through the gospel you can click on the video to watch the sermon. A major bonus of the blog mass is that you can actually push stop or “x-out” the preacher! Sweet!

Click here to begin.

Old St. Michael's Chapel


St. Michael’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church is the oldest, and was for many years the only church in Carlsbad.

Our historic chapel, Old St. Michael’s, was built in 1894 and is one of the four oldest buildings in the village. Both the old and the new church are in use for services. Morning and Evening Prayer is offered daily in the chapel. Whether you’re in town for a week or a local pilgrim on a spiritual journey, you are welcome!


For the well-being of the entire St. Michael’s community and our loved ones and neighbors, and in order to lessen the impact of this crisis on our healthcare resources, all services and events are temporarily cancelled and postponed.

But pray along with the body of Christ from home!

Fr. Chris will also be working with the Pastoral Care team to offer regular phone contact and assistance. If you have any pastoral needs, please fill out this request form. 

Old St. Michael's Chapel

St. Michael’s by-the-Sea is 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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