8.30am Said Eucharist with a short homily
11.00am Sung Eucharist with Choir, Sermon, Incense, and Hymns*
The Daily Office
Morning Prayer at 8.00am: Monday to Friday
Evening Prayer at 6.15pm: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Celtic Prayer at 7.30am: Tuesday, Thursday
From ancient times the Church knew particular times of daily prayer, whether prayed by groups or by individuals. The two offices of Morning and Evening Prayer, as we know them today, evolved from Archbishop Cranmer’s sixteenth century Book of Common Prayer and derive ultimately from the offices used in monasteries from as early as the fourth century.
When we pray these offices of Morning and Evening Prayer, we are, first of all, offering worship, praise, and thanksgiving to God the Holy Trinity. In the readings from the Holy Scriptures we receive the word of God, meditating on it in all its variety, as it challenges, nourishes, and brings us into the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, the word made flesh. One of the principal parts of the daily office is the saying of the psalms, the songs of God’s people, which tell of God’s action in the history of salvation and ‘pre-echo’ the whole gamut of our own human responses to our experience of life (from joy and delight, to despair, anger, or sorrow).
On Monday evenings the Office is sung, rather than said, to the simple and timeless music of plainsong.
On Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7.30am, prior to Morning Prayer, we gather in the Common Room for a form of ‘Celtic’ Prayer. Little is known for certain about the worship of the earliest Christians in the British Isles, but there certainly were Christians in those Celtic lands before the well-known missionary endeavors of St Ninian, St Patrick, St Columba, and St Augustine of Canterbury. Our Celtic prayer incorporates texts inspired by early Christian writings along with fragments of psalm texts and gospel texts. The service also includes fifteen minutes of silence for meditation.
Throughout the Offices we seek to hear God’s voice and we acknowledge our need for God’s grace and guidance on our earthly pilgrimage.
Evening Eucharist, with laying on of hands and anointing for healing, at 6.15pm: Wednesdays
Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick?
They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.
(James 5 13-14)
Within the context of the Holy Eucharist you are invited to bring your prayers, concerns and your need for healing for yourself or on behalf of another, to this liturgy.
From the healing experiences of Elisha and Naaman in the Hebrew Scriptures, to the healing of the man at the pool of Siloam in the New Testament, the Church has understood the renewal and the restoration of life as the redeeming power of God.
*When the Choir is in recess in the summer months the propers and other chants are sung by a Cantor.