The Anglican Tradition

At Christ Church, we worship within the Anglican tradition supported by the beauty of ancient ritual and sacred music.  The rich tradition of the English church and the apostolic faith shape our worship at Christ Church still today.  Each Sunday begins with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, a practice of faith and worship rooted in the earliest days of the Christian community, and concludes with the beauty of Choral Evensong in the English cathedral tradition.  Worship at Christ Church, however, extends beyond Sunday with the daily offering of Morning and Evening Prayer in Saint Margaret's Chapel.  

At Christ Church we observe many ancient and medieval customs as we conduct the ceremonies of the church.  Although our liturgies are full of words, they are also made up of actions.  Sometimes these ceremonial actions reinforce what we are saying, and sometimes they speak for themselves, saying things for which we have no words.  Together, words and actions are both symbolic - representing our offering of ourselves, our lives and our faith to God.

In the Episcopal Church we are blessed with a rich heritage of language and ritual that has also benefitted from a measure of renewal.  At Christ Church we use a variety of forms and styles of ritual, most of which are come from the Book of Common Prayer 1979.  You will find services that employ contemporary language - usually denoted as a liturgy using "Rite II" in Prayer Book terminology.  You will also find services that employ more traditional language ("Rite I").  But you will also find services that borrow language from the BCP 1662, and, occasionally from the Anglican Missal.  We enjoy singing hymns from the Hymnal 1982, but we sometimes borrow hymns from other sources as well.  Our choirs sing music as ancient as Gregorian chant, and as recent as music composed just for us by contemporary composers, and everything in between.

Whether the service is a "High Choral Mass" or a simple said service, when two or three are garthered, we are invited to encounter again the mystery of God's love.