Our Services Explained
St Francis Anglican Church uses The 1928 Book of Common Prayer exclusively for ALL of our services. This book, often referred to as the BCP, is a treasured resource for traditional Anglicans and others who appreciate the majesty of King James style language. The BCP enjoys a long, rich history offering a beautiful foundation for us to build and sustain our community upon. We will be offering classes so that our community can learn about the BCP and its use.
Holy Communion, also known as Eucharist, The Lord's Supper or the Mass is celebrated on Sundays and special occasions.
Morning Prayer is a service of prayer and praise to begin the day. A simple, said service which lasts approximately 20 to 30 minutes
Evening Prayer is a service of prayer and praise to end the day. A simple, said service which lasts approximately 20 to 30 minutes
Great Litany & Penitential Rite
Litanies as forms of prayer are very old, dating from before the fourth century, and for a long time constituted a major part of the congregation’s participation in the Mass. While we will not be celebrating Holy Communion until our Vicar is ordained, we will be using the Great Litany and Penitential Office for our Sunday Service. The Great Litany in the Book of Common Prayer derives from the first English litany, compiled by Thomas Cranmer in 1544, drawing from the Sarum rite, the Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom, and a Latin litany composed by Martin Luther. The three invocations of saints that appeared in this litany were deleted before it was included in the 1549 Prayer Book. For much of the history of the Anglican Church, the use of the Great Litany after Morning Prayer on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays has been required.