St. Columba's Episcopal Church

Worship and Music - Easter

Easter procession in the Great Hall

Worship is the heart of our life at St. Columba’s, and we offer prayer through and are nurtured by the Holy Eucharist. Our Sunday and weekday Eucharists use Rite II from the Book of Common Prayer and other supplemental rites available to us. Rite II is often thought of as the less formal liturgical form. St. Columba’s mission statement affirms that we seek to be “rich in worship,” so we try to offer worship that is inviting for people of all ages, with music of many styles and preaching that seeks to bring the Gospel to life. Our Sunday Eucharists are also occasions when we regularly celebrate baptisms throughout the year. In the Eucharist, Christ is present, welcoming us all, whoever we are. We hope you will come and discover this experience of welcome and then join us in serving God’s world after you leave.

We are celebrating the Easter season, which lasts for 50 days and culminates in the Feast of Pentecost when we celebrate the sending of the Holy Spirit by the Risen Christ to be the life of the new community of hope, the Church. Easter begins on Saturday evening, the Eve of Easter Day (Apr. 15, 2017), with the Great Vigil of Easter, a rich and dramatic service of Eucharist and Baptism with traditional ceremonies that help us recall the history that lead up to Jesus’ coming as Savior, and enter into the joy of his Resurrection. Our Easter Day Eucharists are rich and festive, and the following Sundays continue to celebrate the renewal of our life by the Resurrection. We use white vestments throughout the 50 days, with red on the Feast of Pentecost (June 4, 2017).

Photo: Sarah Williams

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