Jun
1
10:00 AM10:00

Regional Confirmation

The High Plains Region includes some 26 congregations (generally east of I-25) from Castle Rock north and east to Sterling.  Each spring, those congregations gather at St. John's Cathedral in Denver, where the Bishop will perform the Laying-on of Hands for three groups.

  1. Confirmands: Baptized members who have been prepared for Holy Confirmation, by which they affirm the Baptismal Covenant in a public act.

  2. Receptions: Those who have previously been Confirmed in other faiths are Received as Confirmed members into this Communion.

  3. Reaffirmations: Baptized & Confirmed members are welcome to make a public Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant, especially at times when they are beginning or renewing their walks of faith.

St. Elizabeth's will be blessed by 3 Confirmands, 2 Receptions, and 3 Reaffirmations this year.

A reception will follow.

We invite you to join us.  Parking can be tight, so carpools are encouraged.  
Please see Fr. Bill for assistance.

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Apr
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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Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

The 2nd Sunday of Easter

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

The Great 50 Days of Easter (a “week of weeks”) have been observed through most of the history of the Church. At the Council of Nicea (325AD), this period was marked as a time of special celebration, even to the point where the faithful were instructed to pray while standing, not kneeling.

Our Gospel lesson from John provides Jesus’ first appearance to the Disciples (as a group, but minus Thomas) after the Resurrection. He appears again a week later (today, if you will) when Thomas is present, which occasions Thomas’ profession of faith, “My Lord and my God!”

Readings for the 2nd Sunday of Easter Year C
Acts 5:27-32
Psalm 118:14-29 or Psalm 150
Revelation 1:4-8
John 20:19-31

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Apr
24
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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Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

Easter Day

Feast of the Resurrection
Holy Eucharist, Rite II

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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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
17
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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Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Passion/Palm Sunday

Blessing of the Palms

We will bless the palms at the beginning of the service. They will then be distributed to the people, who will process around the church before settling into their pews for the principal service.

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

The season of Lent reaches its climax during Holy Week, which begins today.

Today's service actually provides a sudden shift, which is intentionally jarring to all of us.  The preceding weeks have offered Jesus' teachings with the background that Jesus and His chosen Disciples (and others) have been making the journey from the Mount of Transfiguration (just prior to Ash Wednesday) toward Jerusalem.

The service begins with the Blessing of the Palms and Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  Hosannahs abound as he rides through the gates of the city over a path strewn with cloaks and palms.  We will form our own procession out and around the Church as we celebrate.

Things change abruptly at this point, as our emphasis turns from Palms to Passion.  We will hear (with many voices taking the various parts) the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.

Readings for the Passion/Palm Sunday, Year C:
Luke 19:28-40 (at the blessing of the Palms)
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Luke 22:14—23:56

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Apr
10
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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Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

5th Sunday in Lent

Penitential Order, Rite II
Holy Eucharist, Rite II

On this 5th Sunday in (not of) Lent, Jesus is at dinner in the home of his friends, Lazarus (who he had raised from the dead), Martha (the busy one), and Mary of Bethany. John’s Gospel provides some insight into who Jesus is and what is to come.

Readings for the 5th Sunday in Lent, Year C
Isaiah 43:16-21
Psalm 126
Philippians 3:4b-14
John 12:1-8

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Apr
3
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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Mar
31
10:00 AM10:00

4th Sunday in Lent

Penitential Order, Rite II
Holy Eucharist, Rite II

On this 4th Sunday in (not of) Lent, Jesus tells of the Prodigal Son, which is among the best known of His parables.

Readings for the 4th Sunday in Lent, Year C
Joshua 5:9-12
Psalm 32
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

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Mar
27
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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