Sundays at St Timothy’s
Sunday is the weekly commemoration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ; it is the Lord’s Day. Therefore it is the principal day of worship for Christians as we gather together to pray, hear from God’s Word, and to offer the Sacrifice of the Mass, and receive Holy Communion. The best way to learn about our worship is to experience it for yourself. We are a traditional Episcopal Church and our liturgies (services and rituals) may seem different or even strange. This is to be expected as the worship of Almighty God is supposed to be different. The altar is the meeting place of heaven and earth. The sights, sounds, and smells of worship are meant to show us a glimpse of Heaven.
On a typical Sunday morning there are three celebrations of the Holy Eucharist (Mass, Divine Liturgy, Holy Communion).
7.30am, Low Mass, Rite I in the Chapel. The word low is an archaic reference to the ceremonial of the service. The priest does not sing the parts and incense is not used. Rite I is a reference to the liturgy in the Book of Common Prayer. The language of Rite I is poetic and traditional. A sermon is preached every week and occasionally we sing hymns. This mass lasts about 50 minutes and you will be joined by about 45 others. Childcare is not available for this mass, but children are always welcome.
9.00am, Low Mass, Rite II in the Church. Like the 7.30am mass, the priest does not sing the parts and incense is not used. Rite II is also a reference to the liturgy in the Book of Common Prayer. The language of Rite II is modern (no ‘thee’ or ‘thou’). A sermon is preached every week and a full parish choir supports the hymns and sings anthems. This mass lasts about 70 minutes and you will see a range between 150-220 people. This mass currently has the largest attendance. There is childcare for children under 3 and children of all ages are always welcome.
11.00am, Sung Mass, Rite I in the Church. This is our High Mass. Again, High is a reference to the ceremony. The priest sings many parts of the mass and incense is used. The ceremony is beautiful and ancient, mirroring the ceremony of the mass in the 16th century (see the video below). A sermon is preached every week and the Schola Choir leads the music. This mass lasts about 75 minutes and you will be joined by about 75-100 people. There is childcare available for this mass and of course, children are always welcome.