Our liturgical life is both Anglican and Catholic in its approach. Our primary service on Sundays is a Festival Choral Eucharist, at 10 or 11 a.m., depending on the season. As an Episcopal parish with Anglo-Catholic roots, we sing a great deal of the liturgy, including the Gloria, the Sanctus and Benedictus, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Fraction Anthem. The hymns we sing come primarily from the Episcopal Hymnal, 1982, supplemented with songs from Lift Every Voice and Sing II.
Believing that our language not only reflects our world but also shapes it, we try, as much as possible, to be inclusive in our liturgical language while remaining faithful to the Anglo-Catholic traditions of worship at St. Mary’s. Recently, we have used liturgies from Enriching Our Worship, a collection of modern Episcopal liturgies with inclusive language. In order to make the service as accessible as possible, all liturgy and music is printed in a comprehensive booklet.
During the academic year, our all volunteer choir (new members welcome!) often presents an anthem and leads the singing of the Psalm. We have a fine 1937 Aeolian-Skinner organ which is well-known in the City and a favorite of many organists.
After the Liturgy we have refreshments in the Narthex of the church, and we encourage newcomers to talk and eat with us.
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