Sung Mass at 10:30 AM is a joyful community celebration to make you feel uplifted when you leave, except in Advent and Lent when it is more subdued, introspective and reflective to prepare for Christmas and Easter respectively. This Mass is our main event of the week and lasts about an hour, sometimes more on important days. Most of this service is sung in a manner emphasizing musical participation by the entire assembly led by a professional accompanist and a professional singer as a cantor. Other musicians, be they singers or instrumentalists, are invited to assist. We offer incense on feast days and other times when appropriate. This Mass features a homily.
Any clergy ordained in the Apostolic Succession are invited to concelebrate vested in alb and stole matching the color of the day.
This ministry is vital to all worship services. Servers prepare the Altar for worship, assist the clergy with the sacred vessels, carry candles, crosses and incense, ring bells, bring the offering to the altar, and clean up after the service. Please speak to the Pastor to participate in this ministry. Visiting acolytes will be accommodated if at all possible.
They bring forward the bread, wine and money offerings to the server for presentation at the Altar. Please contact the Parish Deacon regarding this ministry.
We currently DO NOT celebrate a Saturday Evening Vigil Mass, but we are open to doing so if enough people are interested and are willing to do the work to promote it and give financial contributions to support it.
We celebrate a Low Mass (spoken, without music) at 12:15 PM on Wednesdays, and on important feast days.
If you would like Mass celebrated in your home, please contact the Pastor to make arrangements.
Our custom is a different preacher for each service. Therefore, we have a preaching Rota. Rev. David Justin Lynch and Rev. Dcn, Sharon Kay Talley, and preach in rotation. Our guest preachers have included Fr. Manny Edgar-Beltran, Mo. Donna Owen, Fr. Richard Sinacola, and Rt. Rev. Paul Breton. Anyone wanting to preach is encouraged to contact the Pastor. We welcome lay preachers as well as clergy.
We use the Roman Catholic Lectionary, with occasional variations. Lectors have the option of vesting and being in the Altar Party, or not vesting and sitting in the congregation. Lectors who vest have the option of reciting or chanting their assigned reading. The Second Reading is ordinarily in Spanish. Except for the Gospel, lay persons read all scripture selections. On Sundays, the readings are chanted. Readers may vest in albs and be part of the Altar Party if they choose. Please speak to the Parish Deacon to participate in this ministry.
We use the current Roman Catholic Order of Mass with the following variations: 1. We use the wording from the Roman Missal Second edition for the Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei. 2. We administer communion first to the congregation, then acolytes, then assisting clergy, and last, the Presider. 3. After the Post Communion Prayer, we offer special blessings and prayers for infirmities, anniversaries, memorials, travellers, and other needs.
We have the following schedule of Eucharistic Prayers: In Advent, we sing Prayer C from the 1979 Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. For Christmas, the two Sundays following, and Epiphany, we sing Prayer II from the Third Edition Roman Missal. During Winter Ordinary Time, we sing an English translation of German Old Catholic Prayer V. During Lent, we sing Reconciliation Prayer II from the Second Edition Roman Missal. During from Eastertide, from Easter Vigil through Ascension, we sing Prayer B from Church of England Common Worship. On Pentecost, we sing Prayer D from the 1979 Episcopal Book of Common Prayer From Trinity Sunday and throughout summer and fall Ordinary Time, we sing a hybrid Eucharistic Prayer that conflates Prayer B from the 1979 Episcopal Book of Common Prayer with Roman Catholic Prayer II. The Eucharistic Prayer is normally sung in its entirety at the Sunday Sung Mass.
In addition to compositions by the pastor, David Justin Lynch, most of our music comes from either OCP Breaking Bread or Episcopal Hymnal 1982, with occasional music from Lift Every Voice And Sing 2, the Gather Comprehensive Hymnal, and other sources. We aim for a wide variety of periods and styles and are constantly adding to our repertoire. The Gloria is not sung during Lent or Advent. The Agnus Dei is ordinarily sung in Spanish, “Cordero de Dios” from the Guadalupe Mass, and occasionally in English, “Lamb of God”, using the Saint Cecilia Mass setting on all Sundays except Lent and Advent, when we use that from Misa Melodica in Flor y Canto Second Edition. The “Holy Holy Holy” from the Saint Cecilia Mass setting is used on all Sundays except Lent and Advent, when settings from the Hymnal 1982 are used. We welcome all singers, instrumentalists, composers and listeners. We have a paid professional Cantor, but other singers are welcome to participate on a volunteer basis and to present prepared solos/ensembles. Please speak to the Music Director, Ms. Natalya Koren. And to those of you who compose music for the liturgy: please submit your offerings to the pastor for scheduling.
We sing the Nicene Creed on Feast Days and recite it at other times. In Advent and Lent, we sing the Creed to the tone in Missa Penitentialis. On all other occasions when the Nicene Creed is sung, we sing the Creed from the Saint Cecilia Mass composed by the pastor. On all green Sundays, the Creed is recited.
Except for Lectors who have the option of vesting or not, all liturgical personnel are vested in albs. The Presider always wears over the alb a stole and chasuble for Mass. The Deacon of the Mass on Sunday wears stole and dalmatic, and for weekday low Masses, a stole only over the alb. Musicians wear a black academic gown. The “street clothes liturgical movement”, and the habits of some clergy to celebrate Mass in church without a chasuble, will never be allowed here, as it detracts from the solemnity and dignity to which the liturgy is entitled in a house of worship.
These ministers greet people as they arrive, hand out worship booklets, point out the location of the restroom, assist with those who need help being seated, and prepare for and clean-up our Coffee Hour after Mass. Please contact the Parish Deacon to participate in this ministry.
This ministry requires the ability and knowledge sufficient to operate video and still digital cameras to assist us in recording and photographing our services for publicity and website purposes. Speak to the Pastor if you have skills in this area.