Service and Worship

Our Services & Worship

The Eucharist is our central act of public worship. It is celebrated on Sundays, other holy days, and once during the week. It nourishes us for the rest of our days on earth. As Christians together we make up the mystical Body of Christ; in celebrating the Eucharist we unite ourselves with Jesus Christ our Head. Jesus said: 'I am the living bread that came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live forever.' (John 6: 51). The Eucharist is described as the source and summit of the Christian life. It is the origin for all our prayer, worship and activity, and it is the goal of everything we do. This is because in celebrating the Eucharist, we enter into communion with Christ himself, whose body and blood, soul and divinity are given to us under the form of bread and wine. Jesus instituted the Eucharist at the Last
Supper. On the night of his betrayal and arrest, Jesus took bread and wine and spoke of them
as being now his body and blood: signs of a new and everlasting Covenant between God and people which he was to establish by his death on the cross the following day. Faithful to Jesus' command to 'do this in memory of me', we continue to take bread and wine and, through the priest, speak Christ's words of consecration over them.

Morning Prayer, or Matins, one of the daily offices (services) consisting of the rhythmical
recitation of the psalms and canticles together with thanksgiving for the new day, and asking
God's blessing on the work of the day ahead, is said by the Parish Priest in S Michaels
Stokenham as advertised.

Evensong, or evening prayer, based on the rhythmical recitation or singing of the psalms and canticles contained in the ancient monastic offices of Vespers and Compline, is said by the Parish Priest as advertised and sung on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. We offer the work of the day to God and ask his blessing for the night hours.

Service Schedule, please check the front page of the website for our forthcoming services.