A GUIDE TO BILINGUAL SERVICES
As Episcopalians, we are very proud of the care and intentionality of our liturgy, of its beauty, its structure and its freedom.
In a bilingual service, there are two languages in use. During the responses of the “People” you may use the language you are most familiar with. The presentation of the words side by side should help you locate yourself in the worship service. That means the Lord’s Prayer and many other parts for the “People” may be said simultaneously in two languages.
While something is being read in a language you do not understand, you may read along silently in your preferred language.
Singing is done alternately, so that one can sing in one’s preferred language.
A Brief Description of the Worship Services
Eucharist: The Episcopal Church celebrates the Eucharist as its principal form of worship. A Eucharist may also be called The Lord’s Supper, The Divine Liturgy, Communion, and Mass. The Eucharist is a thanksgiving celebration for the saving love of God through Jesus Christ, which the Holy Spirit continually gives to us. We celebrate it to obey Jesus Christ’s command to “Do this in remembrance of me.”
The 8:00 AM Eucharist has no music. It uses traditional language from the classic period of the English language when the prayers were first translated from Latin. It is quiet and short. There are seldom any children there. A group of parishioners goes to breakfast afterwards and you are welcome to join them. Please ask an Usher.
The 10:00 AM Eucharist has a choir, organ, a bell choir and sometimes a guitar, the piano, oboe, drums and other instruments. There are children present, especially mid-way through the service when they join their parents after Sunday school. The attendance is higher at this service. Worship lasts about an hour and 15 minutes. Afterwards there is a nice coffee and tea set up with snacks and time to socialize in the Parish Hall.
The 1:00 PM Spanish Eucharist has music. The congregation has more children than at the 10:00 AM. Preaching and announcements are all in Spanish, although many of those attending speak English also, especially the younger generation. After the service there is social time to mingle.
Mid-week Services: On Wednesdays at 12:15 PM lunch hour we have a Eucharist that includes the healing ritual of laying on of hands and anointing by the presiding priest. It is held in the chapel to the left when entering the Church nave.
Seasonal Services: At the start of the church season of Lent, we have Ash Wednesday services which take precedence over the healing service. During Lent, you have additional offerings of such rites as Stations of the Cross, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil of Easter on Saturday evening. On Christmas Eve we have a service to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Sunday services are provided in Spanish and English separately, to allow for fuller use of each language. However some special days are celebrated in both languages. Please look for announcements for these and other special services.
Jazz Vespers: Jazz Vespers is held six times during the year, usually on the first Saturday of each designated month at 6:00 pm. For more information, click here. We have wonderful guest musicians come to play.