8:00 AM Holy Eucharist
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist
7:15 AM Daily Morning
Prayer, Rite II
"The Holy Eucharist,
the principal act of Christian worship on the Lord’s
Day and other major Feasts, and Daily Morning and Evening
Prayer, as set forth in the Book of Common Prayer, are
the regular services appointed for public worship in this
Church. In all services, the entire Christian assembly
participates in such a way that the members of each order
within the Church, lay persons, bishops, priests, and
deacons, fulfill the functions proper to their respective
orders." —from the Book of Common Prayer, p.
St. Mary's Worship Style
All worship in the Episcopal Church is based in the Book
of Common Prayer, familiar to Episcopalians no matter
where they go. There are many different styles in which
Episcopalians worship; from very formal liturgies that
feature organ and choral music, to very informal spoken
styles with a solemn feel and without music. At St. Mary’s,
one can experience a broad spectrum of worship styles.
Regular Sunday Services are held at St.
Mary’s by the Sea at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Worshippers
at the 8:00 a.m. Service use Rite I from the Book of Common
Prayer. The service is contemplative and reverent with
attendance ranging from 30-50 worshippers, primarily adults,
each Sunday. Music is not included as part of this service.
The 10:00 a.m. family service is a Choral Eucharist, using
Rite II. The organist, choir, and acolytes actively participate
in this service. Always uplifting, and often lively, this
service is attended by between 90 and 160 worshippers
each week, in addition to the church school children who
join us at the “peace” to celebrate the Eucharist.
A regular mid-week service is held on Tuesdays at 7:15
a.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Child. This is attended
by a small but faithful group, and Morning Prayer is said,
with a brief prayerful silence, which is then followed
by the Holy Eucharist.