All services at St. John’s are based on the biblical and historic tradition of worship transmitted in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. On Christmas, Holy Week (the week before Easter) and Easter, the pattern of service changes.
Choral Evensong for Candlemas
Sunday, February 2, 2020
5:05 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
St. John’s Church, 325 Bull Street (on Madison Square), Savannah
Join us for a traditional Choral Evensong Service for Candlemas, one of the major feasts in the Episcopal Church. This feast day commemorates the presentation of Jesus and the purification of Mary in the Jerusalem Temple forty days after Jesus’ birth.
Prelude music begins at 5:05 p.m. with the service beginning at 5:30 p.m. A reception with light refreshments follows the service. We have free lot parking on the corner of Harris & Whitaker Streets.
What is a Choral Evensong? It is based on the classical Anglican Prayer Book. The congregation is represented in voice by the clergy and choir and participates silently in heart and mind.
2020 NON-HOLIDAY SERVICES
8:00 a.m. Early Service – Holy Communion (in the Church)
A quiet, said service of Holy Communion with organ but no singing. This service is located in the Church.
9:00 a.m. Family Service: Morning Prayer or Holy Communion (in the Chapel)
A family- and newcomer-friendly service with active participation from our youth. This service is located in St. Mary’s Chapel with Holy Communion every fourth Sunday of the month.
11:00 a.m. Principal Service (in the Church)
Depending upon the season and day, one of these three orders of service is used at 11:00 a.m. This service is located in the Church.
SUNG MORNING PRAYER WITH SERMON
Based on the ancient tradition of Morning Praise (“Mattins”), this service is centered on the reading of the Word of God in Holy Scripture, the singing of God’s praise, together with prayers for his grace, a sermon and congregational singing of hymns and canticles. In Choral Mattins, the choir sings more elaborate music from the Anglican choral tradition.
or SUNG EUCHARIST WITH SERMON
Eucharist (which means Thanksgiving) is an ancient name for the service of Holy Communion. A Sung Eucharist includes a sermon and congregational singing of hymns and chants, together with excellent choral music performed by the parish choir.
or SOLEMN EUCHARIST WITH SERMON
Eucharist (which means Thanksgiving) is an ancient name for the service of Holy Communion. On a few special days of the Church’s Year (Michaelmas Sunday, All Saints Sunday, Christmas Midnight, Epiphany Sunday, Easter, and Whitsunday) the Sung Eucharist with sermon and congregational hymns, is celebrated with greater dignity and richness of music and ceremonial (including incense) and is called a Solemn Eucharist. Located in the Church.
12:15 p.m. Midday Service – Holy Communion (in the Chapel)
A quiet, said service of Holy Communion, sometimes with a short address. This service is located in St. Mary’s Chapel.
5:30 p.m. Evening Service – Selected Sundays (in the Church)
CHORAL OR SOLEMN EVENSONG
(Upcoming for 2020: Feb. 2 for Candlemas and March 1 for Lenten Season)
Rooted in the ancient tradition of praise of God at the close of day (Vespers), Choral Evensong is a contemplative worship service, centered on the reading of Holy Scripture, the praise of God in canticles and hymns, chanted prayers, and sublime music from the Anglican choral repertoire sung by the Parish Choir. On select Sundays (after Michaelmas, after All Saints, after Candlemas) it is celebrated with solemnity (that is, done with richer ceremonial including incense. This service is located in the Church.