The worship of God, which has been at the center of the life of the Community of Jesus since its founding, has developed over the years into a full cycle of prayer in Word and Sacrament. The Liturgy of the Hours (or Divine Office) is the most frequent form of daily prayer and worship. Lauds (morning), Midday (noon), Vespers (evening), and Compline (night) are prayed with psalms, hymns, prayers, and readings sung in the ancient practice of Gregorian chant, with Latin for the Psalms and Hymns, and English for the Readings.
The Eucharist (or Holy Communion) is the Community’s principal act of worship. The liturgy incorporates forms and prayers shared by most branches of the church, drawing from both early Christian sources and contemporary expressions.
On some 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. Current Evensong Schedule