What to expect when you visit

10015The source and summit of our lives as Episcopalians is Holy Communion.  The Holy Eucharist is called “The Lord’s Supper, and Holy Communion; it is also known as the Divine Liturgy, the Mass, and the Great Offering (BCP, page 859).”  “Our Savior Christ, on the night before He suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood as a sign and pledge of His love, for the continual remembrance of the sacrifice of His death, and for a spiritual sharing in His risen life. For in these Holy Mysteries, we are made one with Christ, and Christ with us; we are made one body in Him, and members one of another (Exhortation, BCP, page 316).”   When you come for Worship on Sunday mornings, we hope that you have an encounter with the Risen Lord in the Holy Eucharist.  In this domain, the importance is not what we do, but what God does.  No human work can ever accomplish what we find at the heart of our Eucharistic Celebration: the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Sunday Morning Mass   8:30am

This is the first “Sunday Mass.”  This is a said Eucharist and always includes a sermon.  It is a quiet and contemplative service which is a beautiful way to begin your Sunday morning with the Lord.  The service lasts about 30-40 minutes.  On the 3rd Sunday of the month, this service is Rite I: The Rite 1 liturgies reflect the language and piety of the Elizabethan era and the first BCP, although the structure of these liturgies also reflects the influence of modern liturgical scholarship.

Sunday Morning Mass  10am

This is a the full, traditional Sunday service of the Church and most attended.  It is a vibrant Rite II Eucharist.  Our Sunday school children are brought forward during the Introductory Rite and dismissed for Sunday School when they will return for Holy Communion.  During the academic year, the parish choir sings and music/hymns always accompany this Liturgy.  During the summer months, soloists or small ensembles lead the music.  The service lasts approximately 60-75 minutes depending on the day and Feast.  A festive Coffee Hour follows.

 

Thursday Evening Mass  7pm

This Eucharist is usually a spoken Liturgy.  However, on special Holy Days, the Liturgy may be sung according to Rite I or II.  These Masses contain a brief sermon and last between 25 and 30 minutes. This Liturgy is an intimate Eucharist with attendance from 20-40 people.

Morning and Evening Prayer

During Holy Week and on major Feast days of the Church year, we join in the official morning and evening service of the Church.  The service includes the chanting of psalms, readings from the Bible and prayers of the day.  The service lasts about 20-30 minutes.