Services at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Carden Place
The Scottish Episcopal Church offers a varied and extremely wide range of worship material. The three main liturgies currently in use are the 1929 Scottish Prayer Book, the 1970 Liturgy and the Scottish Liturgy of 1982. All of these sources are rich in content and allow each and every one of us, choices in how we can praise God in a formal church setting.
St Mary’s currently offers three regular Eucharistic services in any given week:
Every Sunday there will be an 8am ‘Said Eucharist’ service (without hymns).
Every Sunday there will be a 10 am ‘Sung Eucharist’ service (with both hymns and music).
Every Wednesday there will be a 10 am holy communion, alternating weekly between 1982 and 1970 Liturgy.
Held occasionally in the evening, using the 1929 Scottish Prayer Book (not Eucharistic but choir lead hymns and directed music).
Tuesday, Morning Prayers
The church doors at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral will be open early for those wishing to join Tuesday morning prayers. No need to book just come along in time for a 10:00am start.
At St Mary’s, we endeavour to utilise all of the above resources in varied degrees of frequency. For instance, our 8am Sunday Said Eucharist uses the 1970 liturgy, and this attracts a particular audience who have either grown up with this book, or it has, over the years, become a personal preference. It has a language that is not only unique, but also poetic and distinctly Scottish in its origins.
Alternatively, the 10 am Sunday Sung Eucharist service uses the 1982 liturgy, a more modern version of the 1970 book. Again, this attracts an audience who have a preference accordingly, and for those who are familiar with the English Common Worship book, there are many similarities within.
The 1929 Scottish Prayer Book
The 10 am Said Eucharist service on Wednesday uses the 1982 liturgy and the 1929 Scottish Prayer Book on an alternative weekly basis.
The 1929 Prayer Book is again, a unique resource in that the language used is ancient, rich and deeply moving. It contains every aspect of worship and occasional office from Morning Prayer to the Ordination of Deacons and Consecration of Bishops.
By using the above resources we not only educate ourselves, but we also keep alive the unique history of the Scottish Episcopal Church in the 21st century and hopefully beyond.
The term ‘Occasional Offices’ is used to describe those services which are literally performed on an ‘occasional’ basis. These can be Marriage services, Baptism services and Funeral services, each of which has a separate liturgy to draw from. There is nothing ‘ad hoc’ about occasional offices as it might imply, hence the provision of carefully thought out and regularly updated texts from which we can draw.
All resources referred to above can be found, and downloaded if required, using the following link: https://www.scotland.anglican.org/who-we-are/publications/liturgies/