The Mass, Daily Office, Personal Prayer
“Eucharist means thanksgiving. The Eucharist, or the Mass, is the event in which Christians become grounded each week in a fundamentally grateful approach to life. In the Holy Eucharist we come together, share a meal and experience our deepest selves in community with others and with a loving God in the person of Jesus. Through the Eucharist we gain strength for our lives and participate in the pattern of all Christian life: letting go and turning our lives over to God to be used in service to the world. Baptized Christians of all ages or denominations are welcome to participate in and receive communion at St. Paul’s. We celebrate the Eucharist on Sundays at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. (with music), 11:15 a.m. (with choir), and 5:00 pm (in our parish hall with jazz). We also offer Eucharist during the week on Thursdays and Saturdays in All Saints Chapel (near the office). Click here for our current schedule.
The Daily Office is the Church’s daily act of prayer. Whether said in a group in a parish church or as an individual with morning coffee, the Office is our participation in the Church’s daily praise of God. Different psalms, readings and prayers are appointed for each day. At St. Paul’s we encourage and train members to make use of some form of the Daily Office as part of their prayer life. Morning Prayer is offered in All Saints Chapel Tuesday mornings and Evening Prayer on Monday through Friday. Solemn Evensong, a prayer service with incense, is sung on Saturday evenings.
God has a unique relationship with each of us. While that uniqueness is developed as part of a community, and shaped by our participation in the Eucharist and Office, Christians also need ways that are specific to their own individual and personal style to express their relationship with God. Personal devotions are a way to do this. Through personal devotions, a person can experiment with forms of prayer that deepen intimacy with God and further illuminate experience in the light of faith. Some will make use of contemplation or meditation; others will be attracted to intercession or praise; still others will be drawn to adoration or dialogue with God. At St. Paul’s we occasionally offer “schools of prayer” to introduce members to various forms of personal devotions and to help them explore these.