About Anglican Worship

One of the joys of CTR is that we have people who have come from many (or no) worship traditions. In fact, most people at Christ the Redeemer, including all of our priests, did not start out life as Anglicans, but instead chose this tradition as adults. We hope that, just as we have, you will find Anglican worship a deeply satisfying way to offer worship and praise to Almighty God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Anglican worship differs from many other traditions with its sacred liturgy and expectation of significant congregational participation. This guide is intended to assist newcomers with the major differences. You will also find it helpful to keep your service program open and ready to use throughout the worship service, as it contains all of the parts of the service, and provides cues about what comes next and what your role might be.

 

Visuals & Actions

We recognize that newcomers may come from a variety of church backgrounds and we warmly welcome you. The gestures you will see, such as crossing oneself, bowing as the Cross passes your row, kneeling, reverencing the altar (to name a few) are intended to enhance worship, not to serve as a mark of piety. Only do what you are comfortable doing. Everything we do in the service—dress, gestures, words—is done for a reason. In general, though, Anglicans:

  • stand to sing, hear the Gospel, and recite the Creed
  • kneel for prayer and much of the Celebration of Holy Communion
  • sit for most other parts of the liturgy (the lessons, sermon, etc.)

 

Holy Communion

Holy Communion (the Eucharist) is celebrated every Sunday. All baptized Christians are welcome to receive the Sacrament (bread and wine), including children. To receive the bread, lay your right hand over your left, palms open and lifted. To receive the wine, assist the server in guiding the chalice to your lips. You can also choose to retain the bread and instead dip it in the wine, or, should you not want wine, simply discreetly make the sign of the cross with your wafer over the chalice when it is presented to you. Gluten-free stations are located at the far end of the rail on each side.
Anyone not receiving the Sacrament is welcome to come to the altar when your row is released and kneel to receive a blessing at the altar rail. Simply cross your arms over your chest. You are also free to remain in your pew if you do not wish to come forward.

 

Music

The liturgical and musical elements of our worship, such as the Gloria, the Agnus Dei, Litanies, etc. are printed in the bulletin and you are encouraged to participate. These musical settings often change throughout the church year, which is another reason to keep the service program handy.

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