How do we worship?

The Episcopal Church worships in the liturgical tradition, similar to our sisters and brothers in the Church of England, the Evangelical Lutheran Church, and the Roman Catholic Church. Person’s visiting from those traditions will find a sense of familiarity about the worship experience.

We are governed by bishops (from the greek for overseer) and our clergy wear robes during service in a tradition that dates back to the time of the Romans.

St. David’s liturgical style is considered Anglo-Catholic. We make use of candles, bells, hymns, and incense to enhance our experience of God. We also use the Revised Common Lectionary and follow the Liturgical Calendar.

Our tradition is sacramental, focused mainly on Baptism and the Holy Eucharist. Every Mass includes two sections, the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Table. During the Liturgy of the Word, we hear portions of scripture from the Old Testament, the Psalms, The Epistles, and one of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.) The Gospel is followed by a short homily or sermon (a reflection on that day’s readings) and the Passing of the Peace when we welcome each other in the name of Christ. The Liturgy of the Table is also known as Communion. Every Sunday we recall Jesus’ sacrifice for us as we break the bread (His Body) and drink the wine (His Blood), sharing in one communion with Christ and each other.

Prayer directs the rest of our life together. We join millions of believers all around the world who use the Book of Common Prayer to gently guide our conversations with God.

We also observe the Sacramental Rites which include Confirmation, Ordination, Holy Matrimony, Reconciliation (Confession), and Unction (Anointing of the Sick).