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 worshipping for generations. Our worship is from the Book of Common Prayer. Some liturgies, like the 11 am Eucharist on Sunday morning, appear formal and elaborate. Some services, like the 9 am Family Eucharist, are simple and more modest in style. As with many parts of our parish life, Calvary incorporates a mixture of both in the Sunday and Weekday Schedules.
7 pm A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Shawn Dawson, Conductor
A cornerstone of the English choral tradition, the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols began at King's College, Cambridge in 1918. The service celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ starting with the story of the fall of humanity. the promise of the Messiah, and culminating with the birth of Jesus in the manger. The story is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir anthems.
4 pm Family Christmas Eve Service
10 pm Choral Prelude
10:30 pm Christmas Eve Service
10 am Christmas Day Service
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
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
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.
5 o’clock in the Evening
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 full Calvary Choir leads the congregation in worship, and a concert normally precedes the service.