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Liturgy

Liturgy refers to the customary public worship performed by a specific religious group according to its traditions.

As a religious phenomenon, liturgy is a communal response to the sacred through activity reflecting praise, thanksgiving, supplication, or repentance. Rituals may also be associated with life events such as birth, coming of age, marriage and death. Liturgy thus forms the basis for establishing a relationship with God as well as with other participants in the liturgy. 

At St. John's, our liturgy is based on the Episcopal Church's official prayerbook called The Book Of Common Prayer (BCP). 

The BCP's liturgies celebrate or commemorate:
  • The Lord's Supper (also known as the Eucharist or Communion)
  • Baptisms
  • Marriages
  • Confirmation of new members into the parish community
  • Ordination of deacons, priests, and bishops
  • Funerals
  • The Daily Office (Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline).
  • Important observances in the Church Year:
    • Ash Wednesday
    • Palm Sunday
    • Maundy Thursday
    • Good Friday
    • Holy Saturday
    • The Great Vigil Of Easter
  • Consecration of a sacred space (such as a church or chapel).
Other resources, such as the Book Of Occasional Services, are used for worship services that include:
  • All Souls' Day Requiem Mass
  • Advent Lessons & Carols
  • Christmas Lessons & Carols
  • Tenebrae (held during Holy Week)