Worship Times at Saint Barnabas
08:00 Low Mass
10:30 High Mass with Sunday School & Nursery
16:30 Sunday Sanctuary Family Service (1st Sundays only)
20:00 Candlelight Compline (3rd Sundays, except July & August)
09:00 Low Mass
09:00 Low Mass
19:00 Low Mass (1st Wednesdays - Healing Mass: anointing or laying on of hands within the context of the Mass)
09:00 Low Mass
09:00 Low Mass 'The Friday Communion' - food vouchers are available after the service
09:00 Low Mass
Anglo-Catholicism grew as a movement of spiritual renewal in the Church of England in the mid 1800's. The gift of the movement was and remains the intention to reach back into the spiritual gifts of the past in a way that allows them to breathe new life into the church and world of the present. The Anglo-Catholic witness is alive to the unfathomable mystery of God; and the ungraspable riches of God's grace. Therefore, Anglo-Catholicism has always been a counter-cultural movement. It is and has always been a protest against the forces of industrialism and consumerism that makes human beings small; and against everything that destroys the beauty of God's image alive in every one of God's creatures. In the worship and practice of this inheritance, we are helped to see the whole world as 'sacrament,' as incarnating the presence of God. If only we have the eyes to see, Christ appears everywhere and in every thing. This protest, this counter-cultural spirit, this openness to the mystery of God, this relinquishing of our anxiety-driven need to master all things -- quietens us, so that God might be present for us. This counter-cultural thread is what makes worship at St. Barnabas at first so strange, and later begins to work God's 'metanoia' (repentence) in us -- literally, the embracing of thoughts beyond our present limitations, opening us up to possibility beyond merely human possibility.
Anglo-Catholic worship is about listening and responding to the grace of God. Listening and responding are not sequential acts, but one simultaneous act 'of praise and thanksgiving.' We sing and pray, receive God's word and sacrament, cross ourselves amidst rising incense. All of these are ways of listening; all of them are ways of responding.
Thus as we worship, we engage the whole of ourselves -- body, mind, and spirit. We use gesture (genuflection, bowing, crossing ourselves), we engage our senses (music, incense, holy water, bells, candles, vestments), we are challenged by thoughtful preaching, we raise our voices in hymnody and in considered prayer. We welcome periods of silence.
The doors of St. Barnabas open into sacred space, and our worship is an act in sacred time; a time in which we enter into the grace of God; in which we are formed by God's prophetic calling to be a people of service and love; in which we are invited to share in the beauty and mystery of God-for-us.
Services at St. Barnabas
HIGH MASS: Our usual 10:30 Sunday service. Celebrated with a choral Mass setting, hymns, incense, and full vestments, this is a simpler version of the Solemn High Mass. It includes readings from Holy Scripture, a homily (sermon), and Holy Eucharist.
SOLEMN HIGH MASS: This is the church's 'standard' full ceremonial, including a procession. At St. Barnabas, we reserve Solemn High Mass for principal Holy Days.
LOW MASS: Our standard weekday service and 8:00 Sunday service, in the Lady Chapel. It is a simple Eucharist, without hymns. Low Mass contains all the essential elements of the Eucharist, and many find its simplicity appealing.
CANDLELIGHT COMPLINE: Compline means "complete," and this is the traditional monastic service that 'completes' the day's cycle of prayer. Compline offers a time of meditative quiet and monastic chant.
SOLEMN EVENSONG with BENEDICTION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: Sung by priest and choir with full ceremonial, St. Barnabas offers Solemn Evensong with Benediction once a year at Corpus Christi. Benediction is a service of devotion to our Lord in his sacramental presence. The consecrated bread is visually displayed in a vessel called a 'monstrance,' with which the priest blesses the congregation.
TRIDUUM: The three special services of Holy Week occurring on the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday leading up to Easter, are in fact a single service meditating on the arrest, trial, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. WHY ALL THE RITUAL?
Rituals have the bad reputation of being 'empty and meaningless.' But people at all times (including our own) have relied on countless rituals to bring meaning and order into every aspect of their lives. Think of the simple handshake, which not only signifies but also actualizes the friendship that it symbolizes. The ritual of worship engages us in the fullness of who we are as human beings alive in the grace of God.
2. WHY THE FANCY OUTFITS?
When priests and servers put on the sacred vestments, it is a sign that they are stepping into a defined role in worship. The vestments obscure them as individuals so that we may concentrate on their function in the service, so helping us to concentrate on the service and not on the individuals involved in it. At another level, sacred vestments serve as a reminder that the ministers of the Mass are engaged in no mundane activity but rather are treading on holy ground and handling holy things.
3. WHY DOES THE PRIEST PRAY WITH HIS or HER BACK TO THE PEOPLE?
In fact, the priest is not turning away from the people, but turning with the people to face in the same direction. St. Barnabas is built in the traditional manner, facing east, toward the rising sun, which symbolizes Christ's rising from the dead and our hope for his return at the end of time. When the people and priest turn to the east, they are addressing God in Christ as one together. Sometimes, the priest faces the people, in order to address them 'on behalf of God' (for blessings, e.g.).
4. WHY THE INCENSE?
Jesus would have been familiar with the use of incense in Temple worship. In the ancient world, when expecting an important guest into one's home, people would purify the air by burning incense. Since we believe that Jesus Christ comes into our midst during the celebration of the Mass, we cense the altar, the ministers, and the whole congregation as a symbolic purification anticipating his arrival. The rising smoke, furthermore, is said to symbolize the rising up of prayer. Lastly, we come to associate the smell of incense with the joy of worship. If we are to engage the whole of ourselves in prayer, it is good to ask: 'what does prayer smell like to you?'
5. WHY DOES THE CHOIR SING PARTS OF THE SERVICE THAT THE PEOPLE SAY OR SING IN OTHER ANGLICAN CHURCHES?
To worship is to listen for God. Patient listening is an art that we are in danger of forgetting in our hurried times. An important part of the mission of our parish is a retrieval of the spiritual gifts of the past to aid us in learning to listen again. From the late Middle Ages, composers have set the texts of the Mass to music to be sung by a choir. We are invited to meditate on the texts as the choir sings them. The beauty of this music very often brings depths of meaning to us that the words alone would not.