Worship at Grace

monklr.gif (27200 bytes)We celebrate the real presence of Christ in the sacrament of the altar, in the hearts of God’s people, and in the whole of creation.  We strive to greet each person we encounter as if we were meeting Christ.

Our worship is centered on the Eucharist.  Each Sunday we celebrate both a low mass at 8:00 a.m. and a solemn high, or sung, mass at 10:30 a.m.  Grace is noted for its very fine music in the Anglican tradition, which is an important element of every 10:30 Sunday mass.  We are blessed with a gifted volunteer choir of men and women, and our music director, Kyle Swann, is well known throughout Connecticut as a pianist, organist, operatic director and accompanist.

Our worship is conducted in traditional Anglo-Catholic fashion.  This means, among other things, that incense is used at every sung or high mass, symbolizing our prayers rising to God; sanctus bells are rung to indicate that something important is happening at the altar; and the priest faces “east” to celebrate the mass.  These practices are unfamiliar to some Episcopalians.  But they are not meant to be exclusionary or alienating; rather, they harken back to ancient church practice and are meant to point to the great mystery of God, transcending our everyday lives in this world.

In addition to Sunday worship, we have weekday low masses (please see the schedule below), solemn high masses on feast days (with festive potluck dinners following!), and special devotions during Lent with Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament every Friday evening.

We are also committed to bringing the sacrament to hospitals and nursing homes, including a monthly mass at Park Place Health Center, and regularly offer the laying on of hands for healing.

Finally, we foster the prayer life of each of our parishioners, through prayer groups, educational experiences, retreats, and quiet days.  We yearn to deepen continually our understanding that we may meet Christ in the face of each person we encounter.

Weekly Service Schedule  

Rite I is used for all services, except Wednesday morning low mass when Rite II is used.

Sunday:

 8:00 A.M. Low Mass
 10:30 A.M. Sung Mass or
   Solemn High Mass

Tuesday: 5:30 P.M. Low Mass or
   Healing Mass
  (2nd Tuesday of the month)

Wednesday:

 7:15 A.M. Low Mass

Thursday:

 5:30 P.M. Low Mass

Throughout the Church Year there are special services on days other then Sunday.
Please check our Liturgical Kalendar for the dates and times of these services.
 

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