Services at St. Paul's
Church services at the Cathedral are about expressing gratitude to God for the gift of his Son and for the blessings bestowed upon us. We pray together. We confess our sins and receive God’s absolution together. Together, we hear God's Word along with a homily interpreting the message and making it relevant in our everyday lives. We participate in Holy Communion together. We share the gift of beautiful music and raise our voices in song praising God together. Given the beauty of our Cathedral, Mass at St. Paul's is a blessed and rich experience with each service offering its unique gift.
Throughout the week, we celebrate Holy Communion, the principal service of the Cathedral, where we pray, hear and read Scripture and partake of bread and wine together at the Altar. Our services are grounded in the Episcopal Church and in accordance with 1979 Book of Common Prayer. St. Paul's is a diverse group - in every way! - and the richness that diversity brings to the Cathedral makes the experience of learning and God's love even more alive.
Church Services throughout the WeekSundays @ 8:00 a.m. in the Cathedral | Rite I
Meditative and quiet, the 8:00 service is simple in nature and is a spoken service with no congregational singing. A homily is offered up for contemplation. Twice monthly, we are joined by a harpist or cellist both of whom create a peaceful, heavenly space for congregants to ponder the love of God.
Sundays @ 9:00 a.m. in the Cathedral | Rite II
The 9:00 is our largest Sunday Mass especially attracting families of all ages. The service includes a choir, congregational singing, a sermon and a children’s message.
Sundays @ 11:00 a.m. in the Cathedral | Rite I
St. Paul's most traditional and highest Mass is Sunday at 11:00 a.m. The 11:00 service includes a full-on choir, congregational singing, a sermon along with a brief, interactive children’s teaching.
First Sunday @ 5:00 p.m. in the Cathedral | Taizé
Every month on the first Sunday, St. Paul's offers a Taizé service at 5:00 p.m. With roots in the religious community of Taizé, France, this is a meditative service where silence and singing are the primary vehicles of prayer and participation. A few words are chanted over and over. Gradually, like the Spirit of the Divine, song and silence move beyond the intellect penetrating the heart and whole being. Prayers are offered together and burned in a prayer box at the end of the service.
Second Sunday @ 5:00 p.m. in the Cathedral | Evensong
On the second Sunday of the month (September through May) an Evensong service is offered followed occasionally by a musical concert. Evensong is a chanted Evening Prayer service combining prayer, music, chanting along with God’s Word. Evensong is a beautiful time of experiencing the ancient practices of the Church. On the Sundays when a brief musical concert occurs, the combined service and concert last approximately one hour.
Thursdays @ 12:10 p.m. in the St. Nicholas Chapel
The opportunity to take part in Holy Communion during the week is an offering to parishioners and also folks in the downtown community we serve. St. Paul's Thursday service occurs in the St. Nicholas Chapel and is a spoken service with homily.