ABOUT US AND THE WAY WE WORSHIP
Episcopal comes from a Greek word meaning “bishop” or “overseer” and refers to the fact that our church is under the authority of the Bishop of Massachusetts, The Right Reverend Alan M. Gates
Eucharist means “to give thanks.”
Liturgy literally translated means “the work of the people,” “work for the people,” or “public service.”
Each weekend we gather together to hear the Word of God (Liturgy of the Word), and then to respond to the Good News by offering our thanks and praise to God in the sacrament of Holy Communion (Liturgy of the Table—also called The Lord’s Supper, The Mass, The Divine Liturgy, or The Great Offering). Being fed and strengthened by the Word and Sacrament we are sent out into the world to carry out God’s work in our own lives, what we refer to as the Liturgy of the Neighbor.
SUNDAY HOLY EUCHARIST, RITE II 10:30 a.m.
On Sunday we gather for worship using The Book of Common Prayer and other authorized texts. The Book of Common Prayer is a treasury of prayer and liturgy that is a particular gift of the Episcopal Church. Our service is a traditional service using contemporary language with classical Anglican hymns and anthems sung during the program year by the All Saints Choir or Schola (youth choir). All Saints is committed to using expansive (or sometimes called inclusive) language in our liturgy. Our service, while grounded in the Book of Common Prayer, seeks to expand the metaphors and images we use for God, so that all people, whatever their age, ability, race, ethnic group, sexual orientation, gender and gender expression, or religious background feel welcome in the Spirit of God’s love. Because we believe that the altar is God’s table, everyone is welcome to come forward during Communion to receive the Sacrament or a blessing.
Every Sunday service also includes prayers for healing with the laying on of hands. A minister of healing prays quietly with all who come to our side chapel seeking healing for themselves or others. Votive candles are available for prayer intentions.
At All Saints, we welcome the presence and participation of children and young people in worship and seek to encourage their spiritual growth. On Sundays, children in Grades 2-6 participate in a Youth Chapel service, then attend Church School classes, and join the congregation during the exchange of the peace. Tweens and teens in Grades 6 to 12 are full participants in Sunday morning worship and are encouraged to use their time and talents to support the life of the parish by participating in the service in all the ways adults do. Nursery care for babies and toddlers is provided each Sunday. Please see this page for information on Children and Worship.
SATURDAY CELTIC EUCHARIST, 5:00 p.m.
Celtic-themed worship services at All Saints Parish have an almost 20 year tradition, perhaps the longest of any Celtic services in the Episcopal Church. The worship is intimate and calls upon texts and music from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and other Celtic lands. Music from the American Diaspora (such as that from Appalachia) is also sprinkled in and the format of our services is relaxed, participatory, and inclusive. The service begins at 5:00 p.m most Saturdays of the year, and all are welcome!
Celtic Spirituality emphasizes a love of nature and a passion for the wild and elemental. Celtic art and a love of stories which often predate the spread of Christianity are a respected and cherished element of our community. Our worship is theologically orthodox, with heavy emphasis on the Trinity, an appreciation for the feminine aspect of the Creator, the Incarnation of Christ, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Pilgrimage was a Celtic Christian tradition that in many ways kept Christianity alive. Many of our members continue this tradition by pilgrimages to Scotland and Ireland, and enrich our worship by sharing the history and music of the current Celtic centers such as Iona and Lindisfarne.
Celtic Christianity talks of a Thin Place, the place where the spiritual and the secular meet. All Saints is a place where many experience this. For more on Celtic Spirituality recommended authors are J. Philip Newell, John O’Donohue, and Esther De Waal. Selected works on Celtic Spirituality are available in our parish library.
RITES AND OTHER SERVICES
Please see this page for information on rites such as baptism, confirmation, weddings, funerals, and other services offered at All Saints.