Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
(The Book of Common Prayer)
7:30am Morning Prayer
8:00am Holy Eucharist (Chapel)
9:00am Holy Eucharist with Hymns
11:00am Solemn High Mass
5:00pm Evensong (as announced)
9:00pm Sung Compline
5:15pm Tu & Thu
12:15pm Wed & Fri
5:30pm Tu & Thur
About the services
Regular Sunday Liturgies
The principal Eucharistic liturgy on Sunday mornings is Solemn High Mass, held at 11 a.m. (10 a.m. in the summer months). This service uses the most elegant language of the Book of Common Prayer, with service music by the Christ Church Choir, with a sermon and hymns for the congregation. This service makes use of many different parts of the church: the Old Testament lesson is read from the lectern by a member of the congregation, the Epistle from beneath the rood cross by a subdeacon. The Gospel is chanted from the center of the Nave by a deacon, and the sermon is delivered from the elevated pulpit. The celebration of the Eucharist itself takes place at the High Altar in the Sanctuary, beneath the East Window. The members of the congregation come forward from the Nave to the Sanctuary, to receive Holy Communion at the Altar rail.
Solemn High Mass is usually about 90 minutes (somewhat briefer in the summer months, when the choir is on vacation). It is followed by Coffee Hour, a time for relaxed conversation and light refreshments in the Parish House (located across the garden at the rear of the church building).
There are two additional Eucharistic liturgies on Sunday Mornings: a spoken service at 8 a.m., and a service with hymns at 9:00 a.m. These services are much shorter and less formal than the 11 a.m. Solemn High Mass, yet possess a beautiful devotion and dignity all their own. The 8:00 a.m. Eucharist is held in the Lady Chapel (to the right of the High Altar) and is a simple, traditional Service with no hymns or sung portions. The 9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist is according to more contemporary language, and it is celebrated around a free-standing altar at the church crossing.
From time to time the beautiful Anglican Office of Evensong is sung by the Choir on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. (see the calendar on the home page for exact dates). When Yale University is in session, Compline is sung by the choir on Sunday evenings at 9:00 p.m., with the church lit only by candles. This is a service of light, music, meditation, and prayer to which college and university students are especially invited, and is followed by a cider hour for conversation and fellowship.
Christ Church offers weekday services at regular posted times (see above). These quiet services are held in the Lady Chapel. Through the daily offering of the Holy Eucharist, Christ Church continually shows forth the great acts of God in the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, through which, we believe, all creation has been made new. So, each day we bring our supplications and our thanksgiving before God as we offer ourselves to God's service and will, all in communion with the one great self-offering of Jesus, Our Lord.
Every day at Christ Church begins with prayer and reflection on the Psalms and Scriptures in the Service of Morning Prayer. Christ Church also celebrates the major and minor Feasts of the year, which are announced in the church newsletter and on this website.