Low Mass: 8:00am
Family Mass: 9:00am
Choral Mass: 11:00am
Monday thru Friday: 7:30am
Saturday: Rosary 9:30am
Saturday: Healing Mass 10:00am
Worship in October
Not only did we have an outstanding Sunday to start off the month, with Bishop Montgomery celebrating commemorating his 55th anniversary of consecration, three baptisms, and a confirmation, but the new Choral Evensong season began.
This year, Charlie Sega and Chris Windle have scheduled another fine season of Choral Evensong, sung by the St. Cecilia Choir. The Evensong schedule has services on Sundays and Wednesdays, usually twice a month. The Sunday services will be at 4:00 pm, and the Wednesday services will be at 7:00 pm. Starting on November 5, the Sunday service will be Solemn Evensong and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Evensong is a particularly beautiful service, which engages the aesthetic as well as the spiritual senses. It combines time for quiet reflection with the measured cadences of traditional Prayer Book language and the beauty of choral singing. At Atonement, the music for this service includes some of the finest works of the English and European Sacred Choral Tradition.
Benediction includes the hymns O Salutaris Hostia and Tantum Ergo, and are found in our Mass booklet. From the earliest church, Christians adopted ceremonial benedictions into their liturgical worship, particularly at the end of a service.
One of the most generally popular services in the Roman Catholic Church is Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, commonly referred to as Benediction and known in France as Salut and in Germany as Segen.
It is also the custom of some Anglo-Catholic churches to hold this service, and at Atonement it has been well beloved of the choir and congregation. It is ordinarily an afternoon or evening devotion and consists in the singing of certain hymns or litanies, or canticles, before the Blessed Sacrament, which is exposed upon the altar in a monstrance and is surrounded with candles. During Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, the priest, his shoulders enveloped in a humeral veil, takes the monstrance into his hands and with it makes the sign of the cross in silence over the kneeling congregation.
Please plan on coming back to church on Sundays after brunch for the 4 o’clock Solemn Evensong and Benediction. The Wednesday evening Choral Evensong will replace (for that evening) our 7:00 pm Mass. The first Wednesday Evensong will be on October 18.