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What to Expect at Christ Church Luray

Christ Episcopal Church is a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Virgina in the Episcopal Church USA.  The Episcopal Church USA is the American branch of the Anglican Communion which has its roots and spiritual home in the Church of England.  The Episcopal Church is a Liturgical Church which means we follow a pattern of worship designed to involve both clergy and laity in worship using all five of our senses.  Every symbol, motion, song and prayer has a spiritual meaning intended to help all of us draw closer to God.  Our worship is formatted by the Book of Common Prayer with the Eucharist (or Holy Communion) as the central part of our worship experience.  It was said by the late comedian Robin Williams that Anglican services were like aerobic exercises - stand to sing, sit to listen and kneel to pray, all while jugging the Book of Common Prayer and the Hymnals!  When you come to Christ Episcopal Church, don't worry - you will be provided with an order of worship booklet that will include the liturgical worship, readings from Holy Scripture and even the hymns we will sing for that service!

 

What to Expect

When you come to Christ Episcopal Church, we hope our you will find our services uplifting and comforting.  Both our 8:00 am and 11:00 am are normally based on rite II of the Eucharistic Service as found in the Book of Common Prayer.  Rite II is a modern English, less formal format for the order of Worship.  During Lent and special occassions, the church uses the more formal and historic Rite I format - a service format that is closely linked to our 17th century Church of England origins.   The 8:00 am service is spoken while we have music with organ and choir at 11:00 am.  Whoever you are and wherever you are in your walk with God, we invite you to join us - come as you are!

 

Music at Christ Episcopal Church

Music plays a very important part in Anglican worship and that is very true here at Christ Episcopal Church. We are very blessed to have a nicely accoustical church building and in May 1979, those accoustics were enhanced with the installation of our 7 stop, 9 rank M. P. Moller Pipe Organ. Come and be spiritually fed by the musical food of hymns and organ!