MUSIC and Worship at COS
Part of our experiencing and celebrating our 150th Anniversary this year, this coming Sunday, February 5, Epiphany 5, the service at 10 a.m. will be in two parts. The Entrance section will be a celebration of the Feast of the Presentation.
We enter the church in quiet and darkness, awaiting LIGHT.
February 2nd is a fixed day in the liturgical calendar on which the church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation, also known as The Feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary, or Candlemas. On this day we celebrate the re-entrance of Mary into the temple where, together with Joseph, Jesus is presented for a blessing. Simeon receives the baby Jesus and proclaims that he is “a light to enlighten the nations.” To celebrate this “New light” the church blessed candles for use throughout the year.
We also have the Commissioning of the newly elected officers of the Altar Guild.
Next week, February 12, Epiphany 6, at the 10:00 a.m. liturgy, we will experience together the Book of Common Prayer, 1789, which the founding congregation would have used for the services, from 1867-1928.
With the revision of the Prayer Book and the new Book of Common Prayer, 1928 we will again experience how the church evolved with participation of the congregation on March 19, Lent 3.
Then, in the late 1970’s, the church again revised the Prayer Book and came into an ecumenical tide with many liturgical churches, after Vatican II, The Book of Common Prayer, 1976. This is our current Prayer Book.