Corporate Worship: Our worship focuses on God revealed as: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Traditional Anglican worship is solemn and reverent, raising our hearts and minds in thanksgiving to Jesus our Savior. The fruit of this praise is a love of neighbor that is expressed in our Christian fellowship and in our building up the greater Concord community.
Traditional Anglicans: Our history and tradition come from the Church in England. We combine the Celtic, the Latin, and the Reformed heritage of the English Church. We profess the Faith of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, firmly rooted in the Creeds (Apostles, Nicene, and Athanasian) and Holy Scripture. We stand in Communion with the other Churches of ancient Christianity both East and West.
Sacraments: Holy Baptism configures us into images of Christ and makes us children of the Father. It is the first and most important Sacrament, and allows us to receive the grace of the other Sacraments. Holy Communion is the promise of Jesus fulfilled: I will be with you always. Giving Himself to us in the consecrated Bread and Wine. Holy Confirmation completes the Baptismal Covenant with the outpouring of the Holy Ghost. Thus the indwelling of the Holy Trinity is perfected with the reception of all three of these Sacraments of Initiation. Holy Matrimony and Holy Orders are states of Christian life that allow the Presence of Christ to dwell among His people. Holy Anointing and Holy Penance repair the damage, both physically and spiritually of our human nature.
Ordained Ministry: We hold to the Tradition of all the Apostolic Churches of the East and West, that the Sacrament of Holy Orders is reserved to baptized males. It is the teaching of the Church Catholic from the last 2000 years, and we have no authority to change the Apostolic Practice.
Holy Water: You will notice that Holy Water (water blessed by the priest) is available at the entrance and exit of the church. It is customary to dip the fingers of your right hand in the water, and to bless yourself with the water in the Sign of the Cross as you enter and leave the church building. We do this as a reminder of our Baptism and our Baptismal promises.
Reserved Sacrament: The consecrated elements of the Holy Eucharist are reserved in the tabernacle on the altar. It is customary to bow or genuflect (kneel on the right knee), to acknowledge the Presence of Christ, upon entering and leaving your pew and upon crossing the altar.
Icons or Images: There are representations of Our Lord, The Saints, and Sacred Events in the church. They are aids to prayer as they focus our attention on the Holy.
Incense: We use incense during special Holy Days such as Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, and the Feast of All Saints. The tradition of offering of incense to God in worship is found throughout Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation. Let my prayer be set forth in thy sight as the incense: and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice (Psalm 141:2).
Questions: Feel free to ask our clergy any questions concerning Faith, practice, or membership.
Who May Receive Communion?
Rules for Holy Communion: All Baptized Christians who believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the elements of the Eucharist, and who through self examination are prepared to receive the Body and Blood of our Lord, are invited to come forward to make their communion at the altar rail. Others who wish to receive a blessing are invited to come to the altar rail and the Priest will bless those who bow their head and cross their arms over their heart. Traditional Anglicans, as do all Historic Christians (Roman, Eastern Orthodox), believe that Christ is Truly Present in the Consecrated Elements.
Instructions to Receive Communion: Kneel or stand at the altar rail. When the clergyman approaches you place one hand over the other and raise them so that he can place the Host on the palm of your hand. You may then consume the Body of Christ by raising your hands to your mouth. An alternative is to tilt your head back slightly, open your mouth, and extend your tongue past your teeth so that he can place the Host directly on your tongue. To receive the Blood of Christ, gently grasp the base of the chalice and guide it to your mouth. For those who prefer intinction (dip the Host into the chalice), leave the Host on your palm and the clergyman will intinct it in the chalice for you, and he will place it directly on your tongue.
Historical Use: The Holy Eucharist (also called the Mass, the Holy Communion, the Lord's Supper, or the Divine Liturgy) is the central act of Christian worship found in the New Testament and commanded by Christ Himself. It is truly ancient worship with roots in the Hebrew Scripture, thus Historic Christianity has enhanced the ritual of the simple Passover meal to express the truth of Jesus giving Himself to us as, my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed (John 6:55).
Notes: Posture during the Service: Generally, we sit for instruction; as when we listen to scripture lessons, the sermon, and announcements. We stand for the proclaiming of The Gospel. We stand to sing. And we kneel (or sit) for prayer. However, it is perfectly acceptable to sit throughout any portion of the service if you find it difficult to kneel or stand.
It is customary to bow when the Cross passes in procession because it is the Symbol of our Redemption.
Text printed in BOLD are intended to be said by the entire congregation.
A small cross in the text marks points at which it is customary to make the Sign of the Cross.