Church of The Holy Communion, an avowedly Anglo-Catholic parish since its founding in 1848, is a part of the continuing Episcopal Church in South Carolina and is therefore in full communion with the Archbishop of Canterbury. Our local Bishop is Charles vonRosenberg, by whose graciousness we also have a spiritual relationship with the Anglo-Catholic diocese of Springfield, Illinois, and their Bishop, Daniel Martins.
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ALL SOULS’ DAY and the FAURÉ REQUIEM
THIS Sunday, 2 November, at 10:30 AM, we at Church of the Holy Communion have a rare privilege: the opportunity to keep “All Souls’ Day,” the commemoration of all the faithful departed, with a Solemn Mass on its proper date and with a musical masterpiece composed for it. On All Souls’ Day (the day after All Saints) the Church each year remembers before God all our loved ones who have gone to their rest in the hope of the Resurrection. Gabriel Fauré, wrote this Requiem about 1890. The work’s confident expression of trust which does not anguish in fear of death, looks toward our Father’s house with peace and expectation of joy.
THE Introit and Kyrie musically reflect a natural wonder and longing at the brevity of human life, a sadness which yet looks forward to the light perpetual.
The Offertory calls upon “our Lord Jesus Christ, King of Glory” to free the souls of the departed from the pains of death, making them transcend death and awake in life eternal.
Beginning with the Sanctus this transcendence becomes the abiding musical theme as “offerings and praises” ascend from the Church’s earthly Altar to the Altar on high.
Pie Jesu and the Agnus Dei & Communion are lullabies which pray “Jesus, Lamb of God, grant them rest eternal” as a hope-filled reality for us all.
Libera me, Domine is a prayer in a more somber tone for mercy in the Day of Judgment. But the luminous, ethereal and trusting In Paradisum finally evokes the angels and saints welcoming the faithful departed into their fellowship “with Lazarus once poor” before the Throne of God.
FOR those taking part in this Sunday’s All Souls’ Requiem, a time-honored way to participate liturgically in a choral Mass is to pray the texts in English silently but carefully as they occur, and then to allow the music to bring one’s prayer to life, reflecting on the aspirations of one’s own heart. Keep in mind the names and memories of the loved ones for whom you pray today, knowing them a part of this eternal hope. Very truly and devoutly we ask, “Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them. May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.”
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“Why should I visit your church?”
Delighted you asked! Church of the Holy Communion has served this community since 1848. From the day we opened our doors we have cherished these essentials:
We worship God in the Beauty of Holiness.
Where else in this city can you find a Mozart mass sung as a mass? (and not as a concert). To step through our doors is to be overwhelmed by physical beauty and spiritual transcendence. It is indeed heaven on earth.
We worship God by serving our neighbor and respecting the dignity of every human being.
After the Civil War, Church of the Holy Communion was the very first voice in the city to provide schools for African American Children. And we have never wavered in this commitment to justice and open and loving inclusion. Today, we are at the forefront in this city for ministries of both justice and mercy. We have a bi-weekly free medical clinic, food pantry, meals-on-wheels. There is a job for everyone, and an opportunity for all to make our community a better place.
We worship God with our heart, MIND and soul.
That is to say, we do not minimize the intellectual calling of our faith. Whether it is in the Montessori based curriculum for our children or the discussion groups for adults, we do not shy away from the hard questions. We can say the Nicene Creed with sincerity AND host Darwin Week. We are secure in our traditional Christian Faith, but we are not afraid of those with differing views. All are welcome in this place, and diversity is a healthy gift. We are enthusiastically a part of the National Episcopal Church, and therefore the worldwide Communion of Anglican Churches. We are not distracted by local squabbles nor engaged in the rancor and litigation that others have chosen. Sound like a place you would like to visit? You are most welcome at Church of the Holy Communion!
“On Fridays Jesus Brings His Mother!”
With Fr. David McSwain
Join Us On Fridays when Jesus Brings His Mother
7:30 a.m. Praying the Scriptural Rosary
8:00 a.m. Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary
8:30 a.m. Fellowship Breakfast and Kerygma Bible Study
218 Ashley Avenue Charleston, SC 29403
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