Nov
21
6:15 PM18:15

Evening Prayer

Join us for Evening Prayer as a mid-week break from our daily lives.

The Benedictine Rule of Life provides for a balance of work, prayer, and rest in the lives of its adherents. Evening Prayer, Vespers, is the 6th of the seven “hours” of prayer. It usually takes place at the end of the work day, nominally at sunset/6pm.

We continue this practice with the Evening Office, using either the two year Daily Office Lectionary [readings] or those for the appropriate observances from the Episcopal Calendar.

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Nov
25
10:00 AM10:00

The Last Sunday After Pentecost

Christ the King Sunday

9:00-9:45 Adult Formation
10:00 Sunday School during the Liturgy of the Word

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Our Old Testament readings, which have highlighted the history of the Kings and Prophets of Israel, concludes this week with the last words of King David.

In contrast, our New Testament (2nd) reading provides the opening sentences of the Revelation to John.

John’s Gospel records the exchange between Pontius Pilate and Jesus over Jesus’ kingship. This is Christ the King Sunday, so this passage provides the basis for that celebration in the midst of Jesus’ Passion.

Readings for Proper 29, Track I, Year B
2 Samuel 23:1-7
Psalm 132:1-13 (14-19)
Revelation 1:4b-8
John 18:33-37

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Nov
28
6:15 PM18:15

Evening Prayer

Join us for Evening Prayer as a mid-week break from our daily lives.

The Benedictine Rule of Life provides for a balance of work, prayer, and rest in the lives of its adherents. Evening Prayer, Vespers, is the 6th of the seven “hours” of prayer. It usually takes place at the end of the work day, nominally at sunset/6pm.

We continue this practice with the Evening Office, using either the two year Daily Office Lectionary [readings] or those for the appropriate observances from the Episcopal Calendar.

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Dec
2
10:00 AM10:00

1st Sunday of Advent

10:00 Sunday School during the Liturgy of the Word
11:45 Adult Formation

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Happy New Year! This 1st Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of Year C in our three-year Lectionary cycle.

During this season, the Old Testament readings will provide the prophetic basis leading up to the coming of the Messiah (Anointed One) at the Feast of the Incarnation (Christmas). Our Gospel readings from Luke will lead us to the Manger in Bethlehem.

On this first Sunday of Advent, we will light the first (blue) candle on our Advent Wreath.

Readings for the 1st Sunday of Advent, Year C
Jeremiah 33:14-16
Psalm 25:1-9
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Luke 21:25-36

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Dec
5
6:15 PM18:15

Evening Prayer

Join us for Evening Prayer as a mid-week break from our daily lives.

The Benedictine Rule of Life provides for a balance of work, prayer, and rest in the lives of its adherents. Evening Prayer, Vespers, is the 6th of the seven “hours” of prayer. It usually takes place at the end of the work day, nominally at sunset/6pm.

We continue this practice with the Evening Office, using either the two year Daily Office Lectionary [readings] or those for the appropriate observances from the Episcopal Calendar.

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Dec
9
10:00 AM10:00

2nd Sunday of Advent

10:00 Sunday School during the Liturgy of the Word
11:45 Adult Formation following Coffee Hour

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

As we enter the 2nd week of Advent, we are blessed with the Song of Zechariah and with the introduction of John the Baptist as the “voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord.’ “

We light two blue candles on the Advent Wreath this week.

Readings for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year C
Baruch 5:1-9 or Malachi 3:1-4
Canticle 16: The Song of Zechariah
Philippians 1:3-11
Luke 3:1-6

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Dec
12
6:15 PM18:15

Evening Prayer

Join us for Evening Prayer as a mid-week break from our daily lives.

The Benedictine Rule of Life provides for a balance of work, prayer, and rest in the lives of its adherents. Evening Prayer, Vespers, is the 6th of the seven “hours” of prayer. It usually takes place at the end of the work day, nominally at sunset/6pm.

We continue this practice with the Evening Office, using either the two year Daily Office Lectionary [readings] or those for the appropriate observances from the Episcopal Calendar.

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Dec
16
10:00 AM10:00

3rd Sunday of Advent

10:00 Sunday School during the Liturgy of the Word
12:00 Bishop’s Committee following Coffee Hour

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

The third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete Sunday.
Gaudete is Latin for Rejoice! (as a command).

On this third Sunday, we light the rose candle on the Advent Wreath, which allows us to “lighten up” a bit from the blue of the other two candles we light. If we had a set of rose vestments, this would be the day to wear them.

Our Old Testament reading is from the minor prophet Zephaniah.

Our Epistle reading continues in Philippians.

Luke’s Gospel tells us of John the Baptist, who is not himself the long-awaited Messiah, but who points the people to the One who is (Jesus).

Readings for Proper 27, Track I, Year B
Zephaniah 3:14-20
Canticle 9: The First Song of Isaiah
Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 3:7-18

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Dec
24
7:00 PM19:00

Christmas Eve

The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

7:00 pm:  Christmas Carols

We begin our evening with a half hour of Christmas Carols by request, avoiding those that are already planned for the Festival Eucharist that follows.

7:30 pm:  Festival Holy Eucharist, Rite II

The main event begins at 7:30 pm.  All the candles will be lit, and the service will open with Hymn 83, "O Come, All Ye Faithful."  The Advent Wreath will be entirely white, with the larger Christ Candle lit to announce the birth of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Please join us as we celebrate God's love in the form of the "Word made flesh," Jesus Christ.  As we proclaim each week,

"Wherever you are on your journey of faith,
you are welcome at the Lord's Table.
"

Readings for Christmas, Proper I:
Isaiah 9:2-7
Psalm 96
Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1-20

After the service: Christmas Eve Coffee Hour

You are also invited to stay for our special Christmas Eve Coffee Hour.  We'll have coffee (both "high test" and decaf, depending upon your plans after heading out) and Christmas goodies.

Let us be the first to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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Dec
25
10:00 AM10:00

Christmas Day

The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

Holy Eucharist, Rite II (spoken)

We will celebrate a simple Holy Eucharist on Christmas morning for those who prefer this hour.  Like our Wednesday Evening Prayer services, this smaller service provides an opportunity for those who wish to worship in a safe and sacred space, easing into our form of worship instead of being dropped into Sunday morning.

Wherever you are in your journey of faith, you are welcome at the Lord's Table.

Readings for Christmas, Proper I:
Isaiah 9:2-7
Psalm 96
Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1-20

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Mar
20
6:15 PM18:15

Night Prayers (New Zealand)

During Lent, our usual Evening Prayer is replaced by alternate forms of evening worship.

For the 2nd Wednesday of Lent, we will use Night Prayers from A New Zealand Prayer Book.

Please join us for this respite from the weekly grind, and stay for our Lenten Soup and Book Study..

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Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Lenten Soup Supper & Book Study

Our Lenten Soup (and Bread) and Book Study uses Margaret Guenther's 2011 book, Walking Home:  from Eden to Emmaus, and a study guide provided by the Church Publishing Company.

Our evening begins at 6:15 with one of several forms of evening worship, which substitutes for our usual Wednesday Evening Prayer (alternating monthly between Rite I and Rite II)

Members of the study group sign up to provide the soup and bread, which is followed by the three chapters appointed for the evening.

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Mar
27
6:15 PM18:15

Evensong

During Lent, our usual Evening Prayer is replaced by alternate forms of evening worship.

For the 3rd Wednesday of Lent, we will offer a (partially) chanted Evening Prayer, Rite II.

Please join us for this respite from the weekly grind, and stay for our Lenten Soup and Book Study.

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Apr
3
6:15 PM18:15

Holden Evening Prayer

During Lent, our usual Evening Prayer is replaced by alternate forms of evening worship.

For the 4th Wednesday of Lent, we will offer Marty Haugen's Holden Evening Prayer, a sung form that is especially popular in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

Please join us for this respite from the weekly grind, and stay for our Lenten Soup and Book Study.

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Apr
10
8:15 PM20:15

Compline

During Lent, our usual 6:15 Wednesday Evening Prayer is replaced by alternate forms of evening worship.

For the 5th Wednesday of Lent, we will shift our evening worship to follow the Lenten Soup and Book Study.  We will close the evening with Compline, the traditional final worship of the day from the Benedictine Rule of Life.

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Apr
17
8:15 PM20:15

Tenebrae

During Lent, our usual 6:15 Wednesday Evening Prayer is replaced by alternate forms of evening worship.

For the final Wednesday of Lent, we will shift our evening worship to follow the Lenten Soup and Book Study.  Since this is the Wednesday of Holy Week, we will close in darkness with a form of Tenebrae.

The name Tenebrae (Latin for "darkness" or "shadows") has for centuries been applied to the ancient monastic night and pre-dawn services (Compline and Lauds) of the last three days of Holy Week, which in medieval times came to be celebrated on the previous evenings.

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Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Maundy Thursday Service

Our traditional Maundy Thursday Liturgy begins the "Triduum" (Latin for Three Days) liturgical arc.  It recalls Jesus' Last Supper with the Twelve, which was the Seder meal that marked the start of the Passover that year.

Jesus demonstrated his humility in washing their feet before they sat down (actually reclined) for the Seder.  We will do likewise.

This is the final celebration of the Holy Eucharist during Holy Week.  Any bread and wine that remains will process to the Altar of Repose at the south side of the Church, which has been decorated to recall the Garden of Gethsemane.

The Altar and surrounding area will then be stripped of all decorations, the altar washed, and the Cup will remain (on its side) to mark the utter emptiness left after Jesus' arrest that evening.

The People depart in silence without a dismissal.  We will resume the Triduum liturgy at our Good Friday observance.

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Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Good Friday Service

Our observance of Good Friday begins with the Stations of the Cross.

The Good Friday liturgy opens with the Solemn Collects, after which the reserved Sacrament is brought back from the Altar of Repose and consumed by all present.  There is no celebration of the Eucharist on this day.

As on Maundy Thursday, the People depart in silence without a dismissal.  We will resume the Triduum (Three Days) liturgical arc at the start of our Easter celebration.

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Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

Great Vigil of Easter

History of the Great Vigil

The Great Vigil of Easter is the most ancient rite in the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer.  It has its origins in the very early Church, when Christianity was not yet practiced openly and the process of instruction for Holy Baptism (catecuminate, the source of the word Catechism) took three years in order to weed out infiltrators.

After three years of instruction, during which the Catecumens were escorted from the worship service prior to the Holy Eucharist, the Great Vigil became the time for their Baptism and admission as communicants of the Church.

The Great Vigil properly occurs overnight on the Eve of Easter, starting at sundown (the start of the Jewish day) and continuing until sunrise (hence the modern tradition of Easter Sunrise services).  Episcopal, Roman Catholic, and Lutheran churches vary in their practices, but at St. Elizabeth's, we will begin at 7pm (even though it's a bit prior to local sunset) and plan for a slightly longer service than our Sunday morning Holy Eucharists.

The Lighting of the Paschal Candle

We gather in darkness.  Candles will be distributed to members of the congregation.
At the rear of the Church, the New Fire will be lit, traditionally using steel and flint.

The Paschal Candle, which will remain lit throughout the Great 50 Days of Easter, is blessed, and the five incense spikes (representing Jesus' wounds at the Crucifixion) placed into it.
It will be lit from the New Fire, and an acolyte will take a flame from it. 

The Deacon (or Priest) will slowly process the Paschal Candle to the front of the church, stopping thrice to chant "The Light of Christ," to which the congregation replies "Thanks be to God."  The Acolyte will share the flame with the Congregation behind the procession.

The Exsultet

The Paschal Candle will be placed in its stand next to the Lectern.  The Deacon/Priest will then chant the Exsultet, which dates several centuries to before the Reformation.

The Liturgy of the Word

At this point, a series of Lessons, responses (Psalms/Canticles), and Collects will tell the story of the "Gods's saving deeds in history."  The Book of Common Prayer lists nine such sets, of which we will use four.  "Israel' deliverance at the Red Sea" is always included.

Holy Baptism/Renewal of Baptismal Vows

If there is anyone to receive the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, that will be performed at this time.  In any event, this is the time for the People to renew their own Baptismal Vows.

At the Eucharist

The Celebrant declares the Resurrection with the words "Alleluia, Christ is Risen!"
The People reply "The Lord is risen indeed.  Alleluia."
This will be repeated three times, raising in volume each time.
All are encouraged to ring bells and make make joyful noises to celebrate the Risen Christ.

As voices raise in song, the lights are raised, the Altar Party vests in white, and the Sanctuary is prepared for the first Easter celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

The Epistle, Psalm, and Gospel are read, followed by the Easter Homily and the Peace.

Festival Holy Eucharist

The service continues as on any other Sunday, but with the much celebration and many Alleluias.

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Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

Easter Celebration

Our Easter Celebration opens with elements of the Great Vigil of Easter (the origin of Easter sunrise services), which began in the darkness between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter morning.

At the rear of the Church, we will first ignite the "new fire," from which the Paschal Candle is lit.  The Paschal Candle remains lit (at least for worship) "continuously" through the feast of Pentecost, a period known as the "Great Fifty Days of Easter."

We will also renew our Baptismal Vows.  In the early Church, Holy Baptism occurred during the Great Vigil of Easter, and it concluded a three year time of preparation (during which infiltrators could be weeded out in the days before the Church was allowed to operate openly).

The Risen Christ will be proclaimed with the words, "Alleluia!  Christ is Risen!"
The People respond with, "He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!"
Our long abstinence from Alleluias thus comes to an end with much joyful noise.
(Bring bells to ring at that time.)

From there we move to our Festival Holy Eucharist, to celebrate the Risen Christ.

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Nov
18
10:00 AM10:00

Feast of St. Elizabeth (transferred)

10:00 Sunday School during the Liturgy of the Word
11:45 Adult Formation following Coffee Hour

Holy Eucharist, Rite I

On this third Sunday of November, St. Elizabeth’s celebrates the life of our Patron Saint, Elizabeth of Hungary.

Readings for the Feast of St. Elizabeth (Nov 19)
Tobit 12:6b-9
Psalm 109:20-25
2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Luke 6:35-38

Elizabeth of Hungary
1207-1231

Elizabeth’s charity is remembered in numerous hospitals that bear her name throughout the world.  She was born in 1207 at Pressburg (now Bratislava), daughter of King Andrew II of Hungary, and was married in 1221 to Louis IV, Landgrave of Thuringia, to whom she bore three children.  At an early age she showed concern for the poor and the sick, and was thus attracted to the Franciscans who came to the Wartburg in 1223.  From them she received spiritual direction.  Her husband was sympathetic to her almsgiving and allowed her to use her dowry for this purpose.  During a famine and epidemic in 1226, when her husband was in Italy, she sold her jewels and established a hospital where she cared for the sick and the poor.  To supply their needs, she opened the royal granaries.  After her husband’s death in 1227, the opposition of the court to her “extravagances” compelled her to leave the Wartburg with her children.

For some time Elizabeth lived in great distress.  She then courageously took the habit of the Franciscans – first of the Franciscan Tertiaries, or Third Order, in Germany.  Finally, arrangements with her family gave her a subsistence, and she spent her remaining years in Marburg, living in self-denial, caring for the sick and needy.  She died from exhaustion, November 16, 1231, and was canonized by Pope Gregory IX four years later.  With Louis of France she shares the title of Patron of the Third Order of St. Francis.

Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints, 2009

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Nov
14
6:15 PM18:15

Evening Prayer

Join us for Evening Prayer as a mid-week break from our daily lives.

The Benedictine Rule of Life provides for a balance of work, prayer, and rest in the lives of its adherents. Evening Prayer, Vespers, is the 6th of the seven “hours” of prayer. It usually takes place at the end of the work day, nominally at sunset/6pm.

We continue this practice with the Evening Office, using either the two year Daily Office Lectionary [readings] or those for the appropriate observances from the Episcopal Calendar.

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St. Clare's Ministries
Oct
30
6:00 PM18:00

St. Clare's Ministries

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St. Clare's Ministries is a Jubilee Ministry of the Diocese of Colorado that serves the homeless and working poor from the Episcopal Church of St. Peter & St. Mary in Denver's Baker neighborhood.

A hot meal is served at 6pm on Tuesday evenings, serving between 75 and 200 guests each week (holidays included).  An optional Holy Eucharist takes place at 5:15pm, and this growing "emergant church" demonstrates how St. Clare's has evolved from a "soup kitchen" to a caring community. 

St. Clare's clothing closet opens at 6:30 to provide toiletries, new underwear, clean clothing, and other essentials.  During the winter months, we provide hats, gloves, coats, heavy socks, blankets, and a limited number of sleeping bags to meet the needs of our guests.

Teams from St. Elizabeth's help with both the Supper and the Clothing Closet on 5th Tuesdays of the month (four times each year).  You are invited to join us.

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Iris Stansbury Memorial Service
Oct
6
2:00 PM14:00

Iris Stansbury Memorial Service

Iris Stansbury, our beloved sister in Christ, went home to her Lord on August 26th.

We are gathering to celebrate her life. Though she unable to hear the service, she was an avid participant and lector; she rarely missed a Sunday while she was still able to attend.

Iris was born at Rochester, Kent, ENGLAND on March 4, 1930. She was raised in the Church of England, using the 1662 Book of Common Prayer and King James Version of Holy Scripture. We will honor that tradition in our service.

In keeping with all things English, we will offer High Tea at the reception after the service.

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