Christmas Worship Schedule
Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24
Christmas Pageant (live Nativity) 4:00 pm
Child-friendly Christmas Communion 5:00 pm
Prelude of Christmas Music 10:00 pm
Christmas Eve Eucharist 10:30 pm
Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25
Morning Eucharist 10:00 am
Sunday Worship 8:00 AMHoly Eucharist Rite I
At our 8:00 am Eucharist, we use the traditional language of Rite I in the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer (1979). This is a quiet, reflective service which includes a sermon and lasts around 45 minutes.
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite II (with choir) (Advent & Christmas Rite I) Our 10:00 am celebration of the Eucharist uses contemporary language (Rite II of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer). The service includes a sermon and is enriched by music from our choirs.
Among the special services we celebrate at Christ Church are those of Holy Week, the most sacred of the Christian year. Services of the Easter Triduum are on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, as we remember the Last Supper, the Passion and Death of Christ, and the Victory of his Resurrection in the First Eucharist of Easter on Saturday night.
The Easter Triduum. Just before the stripping of the altar on Maundy Thursday, the Sacrament is reserved in the Altar of Repose, enabling us to receive it (in the form of Bread only) on Good Friday, a very meaningful practice provided for in the Book of Common Prayer. The Choir helps to set the contemplative atmosphere of this beautiful service, which ends in silence and darkness, as some worshippers remain to pray at the Altar of Repose. On Good Friday, we receive the reserved Sacrament consecrated on Maundy Thursday.
The Blessing of the New Fire and the First Eucharist of Easter on Saturday night (Easter Vigil) provide a very special way to make your Easter Communion. The Choir helps us rejoice in Christ’s Resurrection this night. Bring a bell to ring!
A Festival of Lessons and Carols. The service of Lessons and Carols comes to the Episcopal Church from England, where the first such service was held at Truro in Cornwall, in 1880, supposedly to keep men out of the pubs on Christmas Eve. It was designed by Bishop E.W. Benson, later Archbishop of Canterbury, and held in a temporary wooden structure, as Truro Cathedral was still being built. Decades later, in 1918, Eric Milner-White adapted the service for King’s College in the University of Cambridge, where he was Dean of Chapel. Over the past century, Lessons and Carols has become associated with King’s throughout the world. It was first broadcast on the radio in 1928, and at King’s they are proud to say that since then, ‘with the exception of 1930, it has been broadcast annually, even during the Second World War, when the ancient glass (and also all heat) had been removed from the Chapel and the name of King’s could not be broadcast for security reasons.’
We join with churches and cathedrals and chapels throughout the world in offering our own rendition of this beautiful re-telling of the Christmas story, in word and song.
Taizé Prayer Service. In the summer months we've enjoyed a time of evening prayer using the songs of Taizé, the ecumenical Christian community in France. Notice of future dates will be posted. Please come and enjoy this calming and reflective form of prayer which has become famous throughout the world.
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