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Worship

What to Expect

On Sundays there are two services; both of them are celebrations of the Holy Eucharist, also called the Holy Communion or the Mass, using liturgies from the Book of Common Prayer. ​Children are always welcome to attend worship services at Christ Church.

Between the services, there is Church School for children and a discussion group for adults.  The Adult Forum covers a range of topics connected to the various aspects of Christian faith and life.  

Join us after each service for coffee and refreshments.  

RITE I

Sundays – 8 am

A simple, spoken service, using the traditional language version of the liturgy (“thees and thous”) and lasting about thirty minutes, the 8:00 am service at Christ Church takes place in the Lady Chapel, which is just to the right as one enters the main church entrance on McCallie Avenue.  

RITE II

Sunday – 10:30 am

At 10:30 am, we offer a solemn high mass using the contemporary language version of the liturgy.  Much of the Eucharistic Prayer at this is chanted. This service includes the use of incense, clergy and acolytes in procession, and beautiful music by the Christ Church organist and choir. This service lasts about an hour.

EVENING PRAYER

Fridays – 5:35 pm

Launch the weekend or conclude a busy week with Evening Prayer in the Lady Chapel. All are welcome to this small, intimate service. Occasionally, we will observe a feast day with a short spoken service of Eucharist in place of this. During Lent, we often will observe the Stations of the Cross instead.


What is Anglo-Catholicism?

Anglo-Catholicism embraces worship of the Triune God by sharing in worship rituals and practices that stretch back to the early Church. At Solemn High Mass on Sundays, we participate in the divine mystery through chanted psalms and prayers and choral music. Our worship centers around the sacraments, especially Baptism and Eucharist (Holy Communion).

Anglo-Catholic worship and identity have their roots in the nineteenth century Oxford Movement in the Church of England. This movement sought a return to the pre-Reformation catholic traditions of the church. In addition to affirming the centrality of Eucharistic, Anglo-Catholicism also asserted the importance of apostolic succession (the Holy Spirit’s presence in the church as passed on from the first apostles through the bishops of the church), the teachings of the early church, as well as catholic liturgical and devotional practices.

At Christ Church, you will see colorful eucharistic vestments, altar candles and incense, all elements of Anglo-Catholic worship. Anglo-Catholic worship is both structured and beautiful, intended to appeal to the whole person, the heart and the mind, the senses and the spirit. Worship at Christ Church helps participants to experience the mystery of God. You will find chapels devoted to St. Mary, as well as rosaries, votive candles, and other aids to catholic devotion.

Anglo-Catholic faith is deeply incarnational. We believe that God in Christ lives among us, and that God enters our physical reality in Jesus. As Jesus walked and ministered among those who were poor and outcast, we believe that those on the margins must be brought to the center of our life together—in the preaching of the gospel, in sacramental practice, and in the life of our community.

Historically, Anglo-Catholic churches have embraced the catholic tenant of preferential treatment for the poor, and many Anglo-Catholic churches are involved in ministry to the poor in urban contexts. Christ Church has been instrumental in ministering to those who are hungry and homeless in our community. Both Metropolitan Ministries and the Community Kitchen started here at Christ Church, and our members remain active in these ministries today.