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Worship

Sunday

8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite I
(High Altar; Said)
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Rite II
(Nave Altar; Choral)

Healing Service follows each Sunday Eucharist

Wednesdays

Contemplative and Evening Prayer, 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Thursdays

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist(Lady Chapel)

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News & Events

A message from our Music Minister

John Terauds
Hymn Singing as a Full-body Experience…

Until recently, I thought that congregational singing of hymns is as old as Christianity itself, so was surprised to discover that this isn’t true. Yes, chanting has been around for more than a millennium, but it was not traditionally done by a church congregation. Elaborate settings of the Mass and canticles have been sung in regular worship since the late Middle Ages, but also not by the congregation. As it turns out, the practice of hymn singing in common worship is less than 400 years old.

It wasn’t until the late 17th century that a Baptist minister in London began to encourage his congregation to burst into song, something that shocked the Puritan ethos of the day. The minister in question, Benjamin Keach (1640-1704), was publicly denounced for this bold act.

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The Reverend Justin Lanier

Father Justin

Fr. Justin began his contemplative formation in St. Benedict’s Trappist Monastery in Colorado studying under the direction of Fr. Thomas Keating, O.C.S.O. He holds a Masters of Divinity, from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (the Episcopal Seminary of the West), Berkeley, California and did his undergraduate work at the University of Delaware studying Philosophy and minoring in Religious Studies and East Asian Studies with a Language (Japanese). During his formation he also entered monastic training at Tofukuji Rinzai Zen Buddhist Monastery under Keido Fukushima Roshi in Kyoto, Japan for what he sometimes calls “contemplative cross-training”.

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