Worship & Prayer

The worship of God, which has been at the center of the Community’s life since its founding, has developed over the years into a full cycle of prayer in Word and Sacrament. The Divine Office (or Liturgy of the Hours) is the most frequent form of the Community’s daily prayer. Lauds, Midday, Vespers, and Compline are prayed according to the ancient practice of Gregorian chant, using Latin for the psalmody and hymnody and English for the readings and prayers. Thus, the chant is persevered and renewed as a living tradition – growing from sacred roots and adapted for modern monastic life.

The Eucharist (or Holy Communion) is the Community’s principal act of worship. Presided over by one of the resident ordained clergy, the liturgy incorporates forms and prayers shared by most major branches of the church, drawing from both early Christian sources and contemporary expressions. The extensive liturgical convergence that has taken place among churches in recent decades – both in practice as well as in understanding – therefore is reflected in the Eucharistic life of the Community.

On Saturday evenings, the Service of Choral Evensong is celebrated in preparation for Sunday Eucharist. This traditional service of evening prayer dates back to the 16th century, and is based on the service from the Book of Common Prayer. It comprises scripture readings and prayers, sung Canticles (the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis), anthems, and chanted Psalms and prayers.

Worship Schedule

Sunday Lauds 10:15 AM winter; 8:45 AM summer
Sunday Eucharist 11:00 AM winter; 9:30 AM summer
Weekday Lauds and Eucharist 7:00 AM

Weekday Vespers 5:30 PM (except Wednesday)
Saturday Vespers or Choral Evensong 5:15 PM

(note: schedule subject to change; please call or email to confirm)
Phone: 508-255-1094
Email: [email protected]