There are many different kinds of worship in the Episcopal Church. Our tradition has a rich life of prayer and worship. Our liturgies draw on the rich traditions of the church and reflect the manner in which Christians have been worshiping for generations. Calvary follows the order of worship the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.
The Holy Eucharist, also known as “the Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion; the Divine Liturgy, or the Mass,” (Book of Common Prayer, p 859) is the core of the Episcopal Church’s worship. We gather to celebrate Christ in the sacrament of his body and blood.
11 o’clock in the morning, Alternating Rite I and II
The 11 am service alternates each with between Rite I (traditional language) and Rite II (updated language). Depending on the liturgical calendar and feast days, there may be differences in the service style:
A Choral Eucharist is the standard Sunday Liturgy at Calvary. As the name indicates, the Choir is present and leads the congregation in hymns and service music. The Clergy may chant portions of the prayers. The principal leaders of this service are a priest, as celebrant, a deacon, and a lay person at the altar to lead the service.
A Festal Eucharist is usually on a particular feast day or celebration of the church year. A Festal Eucharist with Choir, includes all of the elements of a Choral Eucharist with the addition of more major choral works integrated within the liturgy, such as mass settings by Darke, Byrd, and Haydn, as well as more of the prayers being chanted by the clergy and people.
8:30 in the morning, Rite I
A service of Holy Eucharist Rite One (using traditional language) is celebrated with organ music at various times throughout the service, but no hymns are sung by the congregation.
Choral Evensong or Vespers
In most months, the fourth Sunday is Choral Evensong. Evensong is a sung service of Evening Prayer emphasizing the singing of the Psalter, and is one of the most distinctive liturgies in our Anglican tradition. The Calvary Choir leads the congregation in worship, and a concert normally precedes the service. These services are are part of Calvary's Sacred Arts Concert Series.
12:05 pm Eucharist with Anointing
Sacramental use of oil as an outward sign of God's active presence for healing, initiation, or ordination. Anointing with oil by smearing or pouring may accompany prayers for healing (unction) and the laying on of hands in the rite for Ministration to the Sick (BCP, p. 453). The signing with the cross of the newly baptized may be done by anointing with the oil of chrism, which signifies that the person is "sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ's own for ever." (BCP, p. 308). The oil for anointing may be scented, with different fragrances used in services for healing, initiation, or ordination.