The liturgies of the church make holy the times of the day, the seasons of the year, and the transitions of our lives. We recognize Baptism and Holy Eucharist (Communion) as the primary sacraments.
To mark the passing of the day, the Book of Common Prayer provides Morning Prayer, Noonday Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline. These daily prayers can be said alone or in community.
The seasons of the year begin with Advent, the four Sundays before Christmas, where we prepare our hearts to receive the Christ Child.
Christmas and Christmas Tide celebrate the birth of Jesus to Mary in Bethlehem.
Epiphany is a season where we hear about how Jesus was revealed to the world in which he lived through miracles, signs, and symbols.
In the forty days of Lent, we fast and pray as Jesus did in the wilderness. This season is one of penitence. The last week of Lent is Holy Week, where the last week of Jesus’ life is remembered.
Easter is a season! For fifty days we hear the stories of how Jesus was raised from the dead and made himself known to his followers. Easter ends with the Feast of Pentecost, where we remember the apostles receiving the Holy Spirit and telling the story of Jesus to all the world.
In the season after Pentecost, the church observes Ordinary Time. This is a time where we hear how to make our lives more Christ-like and strive to grow in our faith.
The Book of Common Prayer also marks specific transitions in our lives. Some are within the Sacraments (Baptism, Confirmation, Matrimony, Ordination). Others, such as the birth or adoption of a child, national strife, consecration of holy space, or burial of the dead have specific prayers or liturgies to mark their solemnity.