Traditional Anglican Liturgy
Week-day and Sunday services use both Rite I (traditional language) and Rite II (contemporary language) from the Book of Common Prayer.
Communion is offered at all Sunday services (with the exception of Compline) and several times during the week. The Holy Eucharist is also available at some special services and, according to the choice of those involved, at weddings and funerals. All who seek God and a deeper life in Christ are invited to receive the Sacrament. Those who do not receive may cross their arms and receive a blessing. Gluten-free wafers are available.
On Sunday evenings at 9:30 the ancient rite of Compline is sung in its entirety by a special choir (called a schola cantorum). The observance of compline addresses one of the deepest and most urgent imperatives of our lives: the need for openness to the leading of God in moments of genuine transcendence. This openness is the only thing asked of those who come to Compline.
The service lasts about 25 minutes and consists of the singing of psalms, short passages of scripture, a hymn, the Song of Simeon (Nunc dimittis), collects, and a hymn extolling the virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The music is for the most part of Gregorian chant. Our service is offered in a darkened church illuminated by candles and adorned as of old by the sacred smell of incense. All are welcome to this intensely spiritual service.
Children’s Chapel service for ages 2-7 is offered in the Chapel during the 9 am service held in the Church.
Third Monday Special Worship at 7 pm on the third Monday of every month attracts a special group of parishioners, students, neighbors and friends with developmental disabilities for a service of prayers, songs, and stories in the church. The service is followed by refreshments in the dining room. Episcopal Campus Ministry students and other parishioners play an important role.
Volunteers assist in many aspects of worship at the Chapel of the Cross. We encourage participation as acolyte, altar guild, greeters, lay Eucharistic ministers, lay readers, ushers, and the choirs. Visit our Worship Volunteer Opportunities page for more information.