JOIN US FOR WORSHIP!
Services take place every Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. at our country chapel on the corner of Colthurst Drive and Barracks Road just a couple of miles from historic downtown Charlottesville.
HOW DO WE WORSHIP?
St. David's Anglican Church uses the historic Book of Common Prayer. This book represents one of the finest collections of Christian wisdom and devotion; more than 75 percent of it is taken directly form Holy Scriptures.
Christians from the earliest times have used fairly set forms of worship. These traditional services were translated from the Latin, edited, and freed from medieval abuses by Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, and set forth in 1549 as the first Book of Common Prayer. Since then, to meet the needs of a new day, the Book of Common Prayer has been revised six times, most recently in 1928. But throughout it has remained essentially unchanged. Many of its prayers have been prayed by Christians for more than 1400 years.
You might wonder why we use set forms of worship. It is because it trains us in our praying – to adore God, to thank Him and confess our sins to Him, as well as petition Him and make intercession to Him; we do not get into the rut of praying only one way – and since the law of belief is closely tied to the law of prayer, set forms of worship can help keep our beliefs orthodox.
If you are new to Anglican worship you may find some customs in the worship services unfamiliar, and you may find some variation of customs from parish to parish. Typically, Anglicans stand to praise God, sit for listening to instruction, and kneel to pray. One of several exceptions occurs when we stand to pray at baptisms and marriages.
The mainstays of Anglican worship are the Daily Offices of Morning and Evening Prayer and the Holy Communion. The Daily Offices, which can be traced back to the Old Testament, are services of Psalms, Scripture lessons, hymns, and prayers. The chief act of Christian worship is the Holy Communion, through which we are joined to our Lord’s sacrifice and are fed with His Body and Blood. Our priest will be happy to explain the symbolism of our worship.
St. David's Parish joined the Anglican Catholic Church in 1982, and is a member of the ACC Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic States.