10:00am - The Episcopal Visitation

Sunday, April 02, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Location: St. John's Episcopal Church || Charlotte, 1623 Carmel Road, Charlotte, NC US 28226

Coordinator: Alan Reed |

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The Holy Eucharist is the principal act of Christian worship - it is also known as Holy Communion, the Mass, or the Lord's Supper.  Eucharist means "thanksgiving" - and in this service, we give thanks to God while we "continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers," as our Baptismal Covenant puts it.

Today the Right Rev'd Ann Hodges-Copple, Bishop Pro Tempore of the Diocese of North Carolina, will baptize, confirm and receive, and celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 10:00 a.m.  She will also speak at the 8:45am education hour.

Usually our Rite II service is held at 8:45 and 11:15am each Sunday in the Nave.  Rite II means that this worship service uses newer forms of the prayers and contains more contemporary language.  You can see a sample of this worship service by clicking here.  The music for this service includes traditional hymns and anthems led by choir and organ.

The first part of the service centers on the reading and explication of the Bible. Up to four passages are read or sung - usually two from the Old Testament scriptures (including a Psalm) and two New Testament scriptures (including a reading from the Gospels) - and a sermon or homily preached on one or more of the readings. Prayers, hymns and the saying of a creed are also part of this half of the service.

The Holy Communion consists of the blessing and sharing of bread and wine following the example given in the Gospels and established in the early Church. This ritual is a means of strengthening our union with God and one another as we remember Christ's life, death, and resurrection.

Here is a link to a video of our Presiding Bishop's discussion of the Holy Eucharist and what it offers to us:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USOMZpGheBc.