The Episcopal Church is one branch of the Anglican Communion, a worldwide fellowship of Churches within “the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.” Our worship follows the pattern of the early Church which was itself based on various practices in Jewish tradition. This pattern has been shaped over time by Anglican (an old synonym for English) customs and traditions.
The Holy Eucharist is the primary form of worship in the Church. This is also sometimes called The Divine Liturgy or The Mass. Liturgy is the transliteration of the ancient Greek word “leitourgia”. The best way to understand leitourgia is to think of a public works project that is funded voluntarily by private individuals. When the Church gathers for the Holy Eucharist, we celebrate God and remember all that God has done through Christ and we pray for every person on earth. We do this at our own expense but not for ourselves alone. We “do the Liturgy” for the sake of the entire world. We tell the story of who God is, what God has done and what God is still doing on planet earth, because this Good News must continue to be shared – week after week – as long as the world endures.
To learn more about the Holy Eucharist and all of its components, visit the How2Charist website which explains this ancient Liturgy in 4 high quality videos: https://how2charist.com/.
To follow along with our Thursday Healing Eucharist in the Chapel, please download the PDF program below: