Sunday Services

8:00 AM Holy Eucharist

9:55 AM on Sundays (Children’s Sunday School)

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist

Holy Eucharist and Healing

Wednesday 9:30 AM, St. Michael’s Chapel

Seasonal & Special Occasions

Baptisms

Weddings

Funerals

On Sundays, three different services are offered. Morning Prayer, at 7:45, is a service found in the Prayer Book that includes the recitation of psalms, the reading of several passages of scripture, and the offering of various prayers, which vary from one Sunday to the next. A link to Morning Prayer in the Prayer Book can be found here.

Morning Prayer has its origins in the monastic offices of religious communities (in other words, the prayers said by monks at their monasteries every few hours each day). During the English Reformation in the mid-16th century, Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer combined several of these monastic offices into “Morning Prayer”, and several others into “Evening Prayer”. A link to Evening Prayer in the current Prayer Book can be found here. At St. John’s, our offering of Morning Prayer on Sundays lasts about 12 minutes.

At 8 a.m., a celebration of the Holy Eucharist is offered. Known as “Low Mass” (because of its simplicity and brevity), the service includes a sermon, but no music. It lasts about 40 minutes. This service is always in “traditional” language – which, in the Episcopal Church, means the type of English spoken in 16th century England (think Shakespeare). In practical terms, what this means is the service has a somewhat more formal feel, since the words used during it are not “everyday” English. Archbishop Thomas Cranmer is credited with compiling the first Book of Common Prayer (1549), and his prose is considered to be poetic and beautiful. A link to this service in the current Prayer Book can be found here.

At 10 a.m., the principal weekly service is offered. This service is another celebration of the Eucharist, and, when the choir is present, is a “High Mass” (meaning the priest sings certain parts of the service, with sung responses from the choir and congregation; additionally, there is increased ceremonial and a greater number of servers assisting at the altar), or a “Solemn Mass” (same as a High Mass, but with the use of incense). The choir, when present, leads the congregational singing and supplies an offering of liturgical music (meaning music written expressly for use during church services). There are hymns and a sermon, and the service normally lasts about an hour. For about two-thirds of the year, the 10:00 Mass is offered in “contemporary” language, and for about one-third of the year, it is offered in “traditional” language, like the 8:00 Mass. A link to the contemporary language service in the Prayer Book can be found here.

On Wednesdays, there is a Low Mass offered at 9:30 a.m. in the Undercroft Chapel. This contemporary-language service has no music or sermon, but does have a “healing rite”, which is an opportunity for members of the congregation to receive laying-on-of-hands and anointing with prayers for healing. This service lasts about 30 minutes.