The Christian Year @ St. Bernard's Church
For Saint Bernard's Church, as in all churches of the sacramental-liturgical tradition, the Church Year begins on the First Sunday of Advent, usually the First Sunday in December.
The annual Christian cycle of worship is based on the life of Jesus, on his birth, baptism, temptation in the wilderness, death and resurrection, ascension, and sending of the Holy Spirit. Beginning with the season of Advent, Saint Bernard's Church celebrates the following special liturgies of the Christian Year.
SEASON OF ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS
Christmas Eve, The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
5:00pm Family Choral Eucharist
8:00pm Festal Choral Eucharist
On Christmas Eve we celebrate Holy Eucharist together in thanksgiving for the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Saint Bernard’s Choir sings music of the season.
LENT, HOLY WEEK AND EASTER
The Season of Lent
In Holy Week each year we share a potluck supper and offer Holy Eucharist on the evening of Maundy Thursday. We pray the liturgy of The Way of the Cross on Good Friday.
Palm Sunday, The Sunday of the Passion
On Palm Sunday at the 10 a.m. Choral Eucharist we begin with the Blessing of the Palms, hear a reading of The Passion Gospel, and worship in preparation for Holy Week.
Easter Day, The Sunday of the Resurrection
On Easter Morning we offer Festive Choral Eucharists. Mr. David L. Dockery conducts the Choir of Saint Bernard’s in music of the season.
9:00 am Festal Eucharist
11:00 am Festal Eucharist
The Day of Pentecost, Pentecost Sunday
10 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Rally Day/Mission Sunday
A Sunday in September after Labor Day, marks the return of the Choir and the rallying of parishioners for the various missions of the church.