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How We Worship
Episcopalians worship in a way that combines the liturgical tradition of the Church with scripture based teaching and preaching. Thus, Episcopalians consider themselves to be Christians who are members of a Church that is both catholic and reformed.
The worship of the Episcopal Church is liturgical in nature, and makes use of approved resources, namely:
As a parish, we utilize the traditional language of Rite I throughout the year. For those who are new to our worship or would like a preview of a typical Sunday service, below are copies of our service booklets for each season:
Advent and Lent – Seasons leading up to Christmas and Easter
Christmas, Easter, and Ordinary Time (Fall) – Weeks following Christmas, Easter, as well as the Fall
Ordinary Time (Summer) – For use between Pentecost and the Fall Parish Picnic
The Daily Office
Daily prayer is an integral part of the life in Christ, and in the Anglican tradition, we have use of the historic services of Morning and Evening Prayer known as the Daily Office. In addition to these, the church has long marked the course of the day by prayers offered at midday and at night before the close of the day, in the Offices of Noonday and Compline.
Below you can find links to the Prayer Book Offices as printed (Rite I where applicable):
For those interested in praying the full offices, with the appointed Psalms and Lessons of the day included, there are apps and sites available to assist you. For apps, check out Mission of St. Clare or BCP Online. For sites, we commend Mission of St. Clare, and for those looking to customize their experience, St. Bede’s Breviary (St. Bede’s Mobile Version).
Daily Devotions for Families and Individuals
In addition to the full Offices, the 1979 Book of Common Prayer sought to provide a shorter set of liturgies to coincide with the same four times of daily prayer. According to the Prayer Book,
These devotions are designed for use by individuals or families. They are based upon the Daily Offices, more commonly known as Morning, Noonday, and Evening Prayer as well as Compline. When prayed by more than one person, parts of the devotion may be shared among the group or one person may act as the leader while others participate in communal parts such as the Lord’s Prayer. Psalms may be read in unison or by alternating verses (leader and others, boys and girls, adults and children, etc.).
These Devotions/Offices can be found in their entirety here:
When trying to navigate the appointed Psalms and Lessons to be used in the Daily Office or at Mass, it can be difficult to know where to start. To help with this, we have generated a calendar that lays them out for each day of the 2020 Calendar year