St. John's Church
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Morning and Evening Prayer
Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)
under the appearance of the consecrated
the form bread. As a devotion, Eucharistic adoration and meditation
are more than merely looking at the Blessed Host, but are believed to
be a continuation of what was celebrated in the Eucharist.
Catholic teaching, the Sacrament of Penance is the method of the
Church by which individual men and women may confess sins committed
after baptism and have them absolved by a priest. Although it is not
mandatory, the Catholic rite is usually conducted within a
confessional box, booth or reconciliation room. This sacrament is
known by many names, including penance, reconciliation and
official Church publications always refer to the sacrament as
"Penance", "Reconciliation" or "Penance and
Angelus (Latin for "angel") is a Christian devotion in
memory of the incarnation. As with many Catholic prayers, the name
derived from its incipit (Incipit
a Latin word meaning "it begins". The incipit
a text is the first few words of its opening line ) Angelus
Domini nuntiavit Mariæ ("The
Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary...") and is practised by
reciting as vesicle and response three Biblical verses describing the
mystery; alternating with the salutation "Hail Mary!" The
devotion was traditionally recited in Roman
convents, and monasteries three times daily: 6:00 am, noon, and 6:00
pm (many churches still follow the devotion, and some practice it at
home). The devotion is also used by some Anglican
Angelus is usually accompanied by the ringing of the Angelus bell –
3,3,3,9 rings. Which is a call to prayer and to spread good-will to
everyone on Earth. The angel referred to in the prayer is Gabriela messenger of God who revealed
she would conceive
a child to be born the Son of God.
a practice in the Roman Catholic, Anglo-Catholic and Lutheran
traditions, in which the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and adored by
the faithful. Adoration
is a sign of devotion to and worship of Jesus Christ
who is believed by us to be present Body, Blood, Soul, and
many laypeople continue to use the term
"Confession" in reference to the Sacrament.
the Church, the intent of this sacrament is to provide healing for
the soul as well as to regain the grace of God, lost by sin. The
Church teaches that sacramental confession requires three "acts"
on the part of the penitent: contrition (sorrow of the soul for the
sins committed), disclosure of the sins (the 'confession'), and
satisfaction (the 'penance', i.e. doing something to make amends for
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction is celebrated occasionally. This service provides an opportunity for silent prayer and adoration of the real presence of Christ with us in the Blessed Sacrament.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession and Absolution) is available on Fridays after Evening Prayer or at any time, by appointment.
Angelus / Regina Caeli
9.00 am, [Noon], 6.00 pm – (or Regina Caeli in Eastertide) is rung daily before Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer, and at Noon when possible.