Whether you're a cradle Episcopalian or a first-time churchgoer, Grace & St. Peter's is a home for you! G&SP is a warm and welcoming community of Baltimoreans from all walks of life and from all corners of the city. We come together to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (Psalm 96:9), drawing on the rich liturgy and music of the Western Church. G&SP is an Anglo-Catholic parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, and a part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Grace & St. Peter's Church is in the process of developing a regathering plan in compliance with city and diocesan guidelines. Please check in regularly to see our formal date of reopening this summer.
In the meanwhile, we hope you will join us for one of our online Low Masses:
7:45 AM Matins
8:00 AM Low Mass
9:30 AM Confessions
10:00 AM Solemn High Mass
coffee hour follows in the rectory
5:00 PM Choral Evensong
(on third Sundays, October through June)
5:40 PM Evening Prayer
6:00 PM Low Mass
6:00 PM Low Mass
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
1:15 PM to 3:30 PM
WHAT IS MASS?
The Mass is the celebration of the sacrament of Christ's body and blood, and the principal act of Christian worship. In Anglicanism (and other catholic and protestant traditions) this service goes by many names: the Holy Eucharist, the Lord's Supper, the Office of Holy Communion, the Divine Liturgy, and the Great Offertory.
The word Mass is primarily used by Anglicans, Roman Catholics, and Lutherans. It is derived from the Latin missa, which is from mittere, "to send." It was a part of the dismissal in the medieval Latin Mass, Ite, missa est ("Go, it is finished").
Low Mass is simple, spoken celebration of the Eucharist in which the celebrant is assisted by only one server. It takes about 30 to 40 minutes. Solemn High Mass is augmented by multiple ministers, choral music, hymns, a rich ceremonial (incense, candles, processions, etc.) It generally takes between 75 and 90 minutes.
WHAT IS MATINS?
Matins (sometimes Mattins) is the Office of Morning Prayer. At Grace & St. Peter's it is read from the Anglican Service Book, a traditional-language version of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. The service was first devised in Thomas Cranmer's English Prayer Book (1549), and condenses material from the medieval monastic hours of Matins, Lauds, and Prime. It includes prayers, canticles, readings and a psalm. It takes 15 minutes.
WHAT IS EVENING PRAYER?
The Office of Evening Prayer also derives from Cranmer's English Prayer Book (1549), and derives from the monastic hour of Vespers. It includes prayers, canticles, readings and a psalm. Spoken, it takes 20 minutes. When sung it is called Choral Evensong, an archetypically Anglican service that takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
Adapted from An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, edited by Donald S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum (New York: Church Publishing, 1999).