LITURGY OF THE HOURS
FALL 2019: Lauds (morning prayer) is celebrated Monday through Thursday
The church opens at 8:00 am; the liturgy starts at 8:15 am and ends at 9:00 am
The Liturgy of the Hours is the traditional Christian and monastic way to sanctify time through prayer, day and night. Praying with the Psalms and listening deeply to a passage from Holy Scripture in a calm and contemplative setting is a wonderful way to begin or end the day. It reconnects us to what is truly of value in our lives.
At Christ Church, we value the monastic tradition, thus we chant the psalms and we include some elements of more elaborate chanting as well.
The Psalms articulate the entire gamut of Israel's speech to God, from profound praise to the utterance of unspeakable anger and doubt. In this literature the community of faith has heard and continues to hear the sovereign speech of God, who meets the community in its depth of need and in its heights of celebration - Walter Brueggemann
MASS aka EUCHARIST
The spiritual life of Christ Church Parish, the host of the Center for Spirituality, is centered on the Sunday liturgy of the Eucharist at 10:00 am.
The Eucharist is also offered on Wednesday at 11:30 am.
The "Eucharistic banquet" is the time when we can leave aside our worries and come together to be thankful and joyful. Listening to Holy Scripture and its message of wisdom, bringing to mind prayerfully all who are in need, and finally offering, consecrating and sharing the bread and the cup is what early Christians did and we keep doing to this day.
"We pray that this bread and this cup which we offer you in humility may really be the sign of our surrender to you." - The Underground Mass Book (1968)
SCHEDULE OF ALL LITURGIES:
Mass (i.e. Holy Eucharist) is celebrated every Sunday at 10:00am as well as on Wednesday with healing prayers [Sept.-June] at 11:30am.
Lauds, i.e. morning prayer, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 8:15 am (preceded by 15 minutes of meditative silence)
Vespers and Compline are celebrated on occasion (check calendar on home page)