Holy Eucharist

At the Eucharist, we come to offer our thanks for, and to experience again, the mystery of God’s love for us. Throughout the week we celebrate the Eucharist with varying degrees of ceremony and solemnity.  Sunday morning is punctuated by the celebration of the Eucharist as we immerse ourselves in the rich choral tradition of the English church.  Supported by any one of our three liturgical choirs, worship at our two principal Sunday services (9 and 11:15am) incorporates both hymns sung by all and sacred anthems offered by the choir.  On Wednesday we gather in Saint Margaret's Chapel for a simple service and Saturday evenings, a less elaborate celebration is held as we gather around our free-standing altar for a simple, said service of Word and Sacrament.  Regardless of ceremony and style, however, each celebration of the Eucharist reminds us of God’s in-breaking love and presence among us, and invites our hearts in return.

Over the years, the Holy Eucharist has been known by several names:  the Lord's Supper, Holy Communion, the Divine Liturgy, and the Mass.  In the Eucharist we celebrate the sacrament of Christ's body and blood, and in it we are made one with one another and with Jesus' first disciples.  Today we continue this ancient practice as disciples ourselves, remember Jesus' words to "do this" in remembrance of him.  The word Eucharist comes from the Greek eucharistia meaning "thanksgiving" reminding us that our first response is gratitude to God.