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St. Francis Episcopal Church
70 Highland Street
Holden, MA 01520
508.829.3344

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While many of our parishioners are “regulars” at one worship service, others attend various services as their moods and schedules allow. Our worship is rooted in the ancient traditions of the Christian encounter with God, shaped by historic Anglican practices, and engaged within our contemporary context. We offer four unique liturgies each week that reflect on God’s Word in Holy Scripture and share in the Holy Eucharist (Communion) through which we more fully “become who we are”  – the Body of Christ called to be witnesses and servants in the world.

Saturday Nights at 5:00 pm

Attendance at this service tends to be between 40-60 persons. Singing is led by piano and usually includes guitars; we use less formal music than on Sunday mornings. The music leaders, lay readers, and Eucharistic ministers are not vested and there are no processions or recessions; this gives the liturgy a “come-as-you-are” feeling. This service lasts about one hour.

Sunday Mornings at 8:00 am

Quiet and contemplative. There is no music, but the sermon is the same one preached at the other two weekend services.

We also use the same Rite II liturgy as at the other two weekend services. Usually there are approximately 25-30 persons who worship at this service, which rarely goes beyond 45 minutes in length.

Sunday Morning at 10:00 am

This is a more structured liturgy led primarily by the organ, with most of the hymns selected from The Hymnal 1982, and often includes a choral anthem. The clergy, choir, acolytes, and Eucharistic ministers are all vested and process in and out at the beginning and end of the service. The energy level at this multi-generational service is high. (Attendance tends to average about 150). Church School, which includes young people in grades pre-K to fifth grade, begins each week at 9:45 a.m. The children join their families after the Passing of the Peace, bringing with them a burst of energy as we share together in the Celebration of Holy Eucharist. (Children in sixth grade and older stay in church with their families for the entire service; their Christian education takes place on Sunday afternoons through Rite 13 and J2A). This service generally lasts a little more than one hour, but usually no longer than 75 minutes. Coffee and treats are served in the Fellowship Hall after worship.

Wednesday Evenings at 7pm

The quiet semi-darkness and the lighting of candles as we gather set a reflective and almost monastic atmosphere in the midst of a busy week. The readings and a short homily usually focus on one of the saints of the Church: sometimes a beloved and well-known saint, but more often than not, one lesser-known from ancient or more recent times. We gather around the altar for the Eucharistic Prayer and there is an opportunity for those who desire to receive special prayers for healing, with anointing and the laying on of hands. Approximately 10-15 people regularly attend this service, but because it precedes numerous Wednesday night meetings throughout the month, attendance is sometimes as high as 20. The service lasts approximately 30 minutes.

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