Types of Worship Services

In the Anglican Church the most common worship services are the Eucharist, Morning Prayer and Baptism. The Eucharist, also called Holy Communion or Mass, is divided into 4 parts: the Gathering of the Community, the Proclamation of the Word, the Celebration of the Eucharist and the Dismissal of the Community. The Eucharist is based on the Last Supper, when Jesus ate a Jewish ritual meal with his disciples and said a prayer of blessing over the bread and wine. Jesus gave the meal a new meaning when he likened the bread to his body and the wine to his blood and the salvation of people through his death.

Morning Prayer is the Proclamation of the Word. It is based on the offices (prayer service) that monks said.

Baptism is the symbolic washing of a person with water to wash away sins, and the person being baptized makes a public proclamation of his or her faith in Jesus. Baptism normally takes place during a Eucharist service instead of privately on a Sunday afternoon, as was the case 30 years ago.