As Anglicans, we delight in the heritage that has shaped our prayer, worship and liturgy.
The Transforming Worship website provides information and resources to help ‘refresh, resource and promote’ liturgical worship.
The Canons of the Church of England (our legal framework) help us to express a shared identity through our worship by reminding us to use only authorised forms of service.
Christians all around the world will faithfully pray the Daily Office (that is, services of morning and evening prayer which have a set framework and include psalms and Bible readings).
The Eucharist (which means ‘thanksgiving) or Holy Communion is our main act of worship. Each Sunday, and on festivals and saints’ days, we gather to celebrate the communal life that we have been given through the risen Christ.
We’re delighted when people come to the Church for baptism, confirmation, marriage and funerals (sometimes called the ‘occasional offices’). There’s more on life events here.
Liturgy for special services
- Service of institution or collation and induction
- Institution, induction, licensing and installation NOTES
- Baptism and Confirmation at the Eucharist
- Baptism and Confirmation outside the Eucharist
- Baptism, Confirmation and Affirmation of Baptismal Faith at the Eucharist
- Baptism, Confirmation and Reception into the Communion of the CofE at the Eucharist
- Confirmation and Reception into the Communion of the CofE at the Eucharist
- Confirmation at the Eucharist
- Confirmation outside the Eucharist
Please see also the information on Christian Initiation on the C of E website
When the Bishop takes a service, it is usual for the collection to be for the Bishop of Oxford’s Outreach Fund.
Emergency Morning Prayer
What happens when a minister fails to arrive for a service on a Sunday morning? Legally the responsibility to hold a service falls to the churchwardens. Some may feel daunted by this, and it was in response to anxieties expressed by a group of wardens that the Diocesan Liturgical Commission has produced this ‘emergency service’. It is designed to be led by a churchwarden or Licensed Lay Minister.
This Morning Prayer file can be downloaded, printed and kept in the vestry. A lectionary should also be kept there and the readings for the service selected accordingly. This service has been designed so that it can be used from only one copy (responses can be given to the congregation as they arise). Opportunities for hymns are indicated. A sermon would not be expected in this kind of emergency, though some congregations might want to respond to scripture with a group discussion in the style of a Bible study.