Services

Sundays

Holy Eucharist, at 8:00 a.m.
A quiet, contemplative celebration of the Holy Eucharist using Rite One (traditional language) of The Book of Common Prayer. The liturgy, typically 40-45 minutes in length, includes a homily, but no music.

Holy Eucharist with Children’s Homily, at 9:00 a.m.
A lively, joyful celebration of the Holy Eucharist using Rite Two (contemporary language) of The Book of Common Prayer. The liturgy, about 60 minutes in length, includes an interactive children's homily, as well as hymns and service music led by members of the parish choir. Young people serve as acolytes, lectors, and intercessors. Particularly well-suited for families with small children, the service is followed by Sunday School and opportunities for adult education and formation.

Holy Eucharist, at 11:15 a.m. (1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays)
A solemn celebration of the Holy Eucharist using Rite One of The Book of Common Prayer. This service, which embraces the fullness of the Anglican liturgical and musical traditions, includes a homily. Musical leadership and choral offerings are provided by the fully professional Choir of Christ Church. Adult volunteers serve as ushers, acolytes, and lectors. The service is followed by a robust Coffee Hour in Keith Hall.

Morning Prayer, at 11:15 a.m. (2nd and 4th Sundays)
Using Rite One of The Book of Common Prayer, this liturgy includes a sermon, but no Eucharist. Musical leadership and choral offerings are provided by the Choir of Christ Church. Adult volunteers serve as ushers, acolytes, and lectors. The service is followed by a robust Coffee Hour in Keith Hall.

Holy Eucharist, at 5:00 p.m.
The most informal liturgy offered each Sunday, this celebration of the Holy Eucharist, typically 50-60 minutes in length, is held in the Chapel of Saint Jude. Using Rite Two of The Book of Common Prayer, the service includes a homily, but no music. It is followed by a reception.

Choral Evensong, at 5:00 p.m. (1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays, October - May)
One of the great jewels of the Anglican tradition, Choral Evensong, or sung Evening Prayer, is a beautiful, contemplative liturgy derived from the monastic offices of Vespers and Compline. It includes musical settings of the responses, psalms, and canticles, as well as an anthem, sung by the Choir of Christ Church. The service typically lasts about an hour and is followed by a reception.

 

Weekdays

Christ Church is one of a relatively small number of parishes to faithfully keep the Daily Office throughout the week year round. Parishioners gather for Morning (7:30 a.m.), Noonday (12:00 p.m.), and Evening (5:30 p.m.) Prayer, Monday through Friday, in the Chapel of Saint Jude. (NOTE: Morning Prayer is also said each Saturday, at 7:30 a.m.) These brief, informal services include readings from scripture, canticles, and prayers.

The Holy Eucharist is celebrated on Wednesdays, at 7:40 a.m., and Fridays, at 12:10 p.m., in the Chapel of Saint Jude. The Healing Rite - prayers for healing of body, mind, or spirit for yourself or someone you love - is available during or after both of these simple liturgies.

 

The Lectionary

The Eucharistic and Daily Office lectionaries provide an ordered system for the reading of Holy Scripture during public worship throughout the Episcopal Church.

The Eucharistic Lectionary
In 2006, the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) became the official Eucharistic lectionary of the Episcopal Church. Like its predecessor, the RCL is arranged in a three-year cycle: Year A focuses on the Gospel of Saint Matthew, Year B on the Gospel of Saint Mark, and Year C on the Gospel of Saint Luke. Passages from the Gospel of Saint John are interspersed throughout the three-year cycle. Sunday lectionary readings do not cover the entire Bible; rather, they were chosen to highlight the ministry of Jesus Christ and the story of God’s people. The RCL is available here: http://www.lectionarypage.net/.

The Daily Office Lectionary
Unlike the Eucharistic Lectionary, the Daily Office Lectionary follows a two-year cycle. Year One begins on the First Sunday of Advent preceding odd-numbered years. Year Two begins on the First Sunday of Advent preceding even-numbered years. The Daily Office Lectionary can be found on pp. 934-1001 of The Book of Common Prayer. It is also available here: http://satucket.com/lectionary/.