St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Friday, July 03, 2015
There's a place for you here.
“We hear much today about the failures of Christianity. It is important also to hear about a Christian community getting it right. St Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia, is showing us what a new birthing might look like. Their Celtic Evensong and Eucharist on Sunday evenings combines the meditative silence, the simplicity of utterance, and the faithful commitment to care for the earth that many of us are yearning for in our lives. This is a model of the way forward that I would like the Christian household to know about.”
--John Philip Newell (from Heartbeat's Web site)
At 5:30 p.m. each Sunday evening, St. Stephen's offers a service of Celtic Evensong with Holy Communion. Our Celtic worship is drawn from the liturgical traditions of Iona and Northumbria, and the music at these services is contemplative, lively and haunting. The prayers are at once earthy, holy and inclusive. This service has been well received not only by St. Stephen's parishioners, but includes worshipers from other churches in the area, as well as those with little or no religious background. All are welcome at this service.
The Celtic service includes healing prayer for those who desire it.
All are welcome to receive Communion at St. Stephen's. Instructions about receiving the bread and wine are printed in the service bulletin, but please do not worry about "doing it right." (You can read these guidelines here, too.) The important thing is simply that you know that God welcomes you, and there is no telling how God might reach you in Communion. Just be open.
For more information about the Celtic Service at St. Stephen's, including a manual containing sample prayers, music and other materials for those who would like to plan a similar service, please contact Gene LeCouteur.
Read Diana Butler Bass' Facebook post about her experience of the Celtic service by clicking on the date below.