Worship at the Cathedral is mostly traditional in style as the majority of our services are from the Book of Common Prayer (1962) (BCP), though at the 9:15 service on Sundays, and on two weekdays, we use the contemporary rite (page 185) from the Book of Alternative Services (1985) (BAS). More details appear below. If you would like to contribute to worship at the Cathedral by volunteering during services, please contact the Cathedral Office.
Regular Sunday Services are as follows (year-round). Please consult the Calendar page for schedule deviations.
- 7:30 am - Morning Prayer (BCP) (except Easter Day)
- 8:00 am - Holy Eucharist (BCP)
- 9:15 am - Sung Eucharist (BAS)
- 11:00 am - Choral or Sung Eucharist (BCP) (occasionally replaced by Mattins)
- 4:00 pm - (Choral) Evensong (BCP) (except during the summer)
Sermons are not preached at the 7:30 am, 8:00 am, and 4:00 pm services, but are almost always preached at the 9:15 am and 11:00 am services.
The 7:30 am and 8:00 am services from the Book of Common Prayer are entirely spoken; the 8:00 am service lasts about 40 minutes. These services uses the traditional lectionaries (i.e. Biblical readings) from the Book of Common Prayer.
The 9:15 service from the Book of Alternative Services includes hymns from Common Praise (1998). This service is a congregational musical setting of the Eucharist and lasts about an hour. This service uses the Revised Common Lectionary.
The service at 11:00 am uses the Book of Common Prayer. In addition to an anthem or motet sung during the Communion, usually the choir sings the Kyrie, Sanctus, Benedictus, and Agnus Dei to a different setting each week; please see the Music page for details. The congregation joins the choir in the singing of the hymns from the Book of Common Praise (1938), and to the setting by Merbecke of the Nicene Creed, the Pax, the Sursum Corda, and the Lord's Prayer. The Gloria is omitted in Advent and Lent; otherwise, it is sung to a setting by the choir, or else it's sung to Merbecke by the choir and congregation. On some occasions, especially in the summer, the entire service is sung to Merbecke. This service follows the Revised Common Lectionary. This service lasts about 75 to 90 minutes. Occasionally, the 11 am Eucharist is replaced by Mattins, or a special service.
The 11 a.m. service is followed by a Coffee Hour in the Crypt on the lower (parking lot) level. Anyone interested in volunteering for the Coffee Hour is asked to contact the Cathedral Office.
Evensong at 4:00 pm (except from the last Sunday in June to the first Sunday in September inclusive) is sometimes a Choral Evensong, in which the responses, settings of the canticles, and an anthem are sung by the choir, with the congregation joining in in the singing of the hymns and the psalms. At other times the Tallis responses are sung and the canticles are sung to Anglican chant, enabling the congregation to participate in the music (though an anthem might still be sung by the choir). Please see the Music page for details, as the music changes every Sunday. This services uses the Book of Common Prayer, including its lectionary. This service lasts about forty-five minutes.
Orders of Service can be found in the Messenger which is handed out as worshipers arrive at the Cathedral on Sunday.
More information about the Cathedral's Sunday services can be found in this Messenger insert of 15 February 2009 written by the Dean, though some things have changed since then.
Except on special occasions, weekday services are spoken and do not include a sermon.
Tuesdays: 7:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist (preceded by Evening Prayer at 7 p.m.)
Wednesdays: 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist (preceded by Morning Prayer at 9:30 a.m.)
Holy Days: 12 noon Holy Eucharist (except when on Tuesdays or Wednesdays)
Principal Feast Days: as announced
The Cathedral holds special services for several occasions including Holy Week, Easter and Christmas. The times for these services will be posted on this website several weeks before. Please consult the Calendar for the exact schedule.
Nothing you will ever give your child is as important as the gift of the Holy Spirit. For more information on receiving the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, please contact the Cathedral Office and consult our information sheet (baptism information sheet, pdf).