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The Presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ
in the Temple
Sunday, February 2, 2020
Calvary Episcopal Church 222 South Batavia Avenue
8:00 A.M. & 10:15 A.M.
The Reverend Michael D. Rasicci, Rector 222 South Batavia Avenue, Batavia, IL 60510-2564
(630) 879-3378 * [email protected]
The Calvary Family is pleased to WELCOME to join us this Epiphany
On Sundays, we normally have two distinct liturgies (services). Both
include the Eucharist (Communion). During Lent, our 8 AM Sunday
Service celebrates the Eucharist with the words of our traditional Rite I
liturgy from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. The 10:15 AM
Service uses the more contemporary language of our Rite II Liturgy.
During the period of time after the Epiphany but before Ash Wednesday,
both Sunday services follow the Rite II Liturgy. Because today is the day
of our Annual Meeting, prescribed by our Bylaws as well as Church
Canon, we are celebrating the Eucharist only once. Nursery care is
available today as well as Sunday School for children and youth. Adults
and Children of all ages are welcome to all the services at Calvary. We
encourage you to try each of them and see which service fits you best.
At Calvary, we believe that each member of our congregation should
have an opportunity to celebrate the Eucharist. We pray that these
worship experiences will be a wonderful way to connect all parishioners
through a community of faith, hope and compassion at a church that
welcomes all of God’s children. Please complete a visitor’s card found in
the pew rack and place it in the collection tray. We invite you to join us
fellowship and refreshments following the service. We look forward to
+The Word of God+ Gathering
[As the people gather in the Memorial Hall, they receive a worship bulletin and an unlit candle.
The Priest will begin the liturgy as follows…]
[Sung at 10:15 AM]
Priest: +Light and peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord. People: Thanks be to God. Priest: Dear brothers and sisters, forty days have passed since we celebrated the joyful feast of the Nativity of the Lord. Today is the blessed day when Jesus was presented in the Temple by Mary and Joseph. They came to present him in accordance with the law, but he had come to fulfill that the Lord God would enter his Temple and great those who believed in him. Prompted by the Holy Spirit, Simeon and Anna came to the Temple. Enlightened by the same Holy Spirit, they recognized the Lord and confessed him with exultation. By the inspiration of that same Holy Spirit, let us now welcome Christ in our midst. Here we shall find him and recognize him in the breaking of the bread, until he comes again, revealed in glory.
[The candles are blessed and sprinkled with Holy Water, and then lighted] [Spoken at 8:00 AM/Sung at 10:15]
Priest: Let us pray. Lord God, source of unquenchable light, on this day you revealed to Simeon and Anna the light to enlighten all nations: Bless these candles [+] and bless your people who will carry them in praise of your Name. Make them walk in the path of goodness until they reach the light which shines forever, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. People: Amen.
Canticle of Simeon
[Spoken at 8:00 AM/Sung at 10:15 AM]
Priest: A Light to enlighten the nations, and the glory of your People, Israel. People: A Light to enlighten the nations, and the glory of your People, Israel. Priest: +Lord, you now have set your servant free* To go in peace as you have promised. People: A Light to enlighten the nations, and the glory of your People, Israel. Priest: For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior,* Whom you have prepared for all the world to see. People: A Light to enlighten the nations, and the glory of your People, Israel. Priest: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. People: As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. Procession into the Church [Spoken at 8:00 AM/Sung at 10:15 AM]
Priest: Let us go forth in peace. People: In the Name of Christ. Amen.
[At 8:00 AM, spoken as we process…]
Gloria in excelsis – Priest: Glory to God in the highest, All: and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
[At 10:15 AM, we all sing as we process…]
Antiphon: We have waited in silence on your loving-kindness, O Lord,*
in the midst of your temple. Your praise, like your Name, O God,* reaches to the world’s end; your right hand is full of justice.
1 Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised; * in the city of our God is his holy hill.
2 Beautiful and lofty, the joy of all the earth, is the hill of Zion, * the very center of the world and the city of the great King. 10 Let Mount Zion be glad and the cities of Judah rejoice, * because of your judgments. 11 Make the circuit of Zion; walk round about her; * count the number of her towers. 12 Consider well her bulwarks; examine her strongholds; * that you may tell those who come after. 13 This God is our God for ever and ever; * he shall be our guide for evermore. Antiphon:
We have waited in silence on your loving-kindness, O Lord,* in the midst of your temple.
Your praise, like your Name, O God,* reaches to the world’s end; your right hand is full of justice.
[When the choir reaches the Chancel and Choir Stalls then is sung the Gloria…]
Gloria in excelsis – [S 280]
Malachi predicts the Lord will come suddenly.
Collect of the Day
Priest: The Lord be with you. People: And also with you. Priest: Let us pray. God of light, your eternal Word came to share our flesh and blood and build us into a living temple for your praise and glory: Guide us by the Holy Spirit to recognize and welcome your Christ however he may present himself to us, that on the day of his coming in judgement, we may be found righteous in your sight, and our lives may be accepted as an offering pleasing to you; through the same, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the same Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. People: Amen.
[Candles are now extinguished.]
First Lesson – Malachi 3:1-4
LEM: A Reading from the Book of the Prophet Malachi
See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight— indeed, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?
For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the LORD in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years. The Word of the Lord. People: Thanks be to God.
Gradual Psalm 84
[8:00 AM - Please pray the Psalm responsively, by half-verse, dividing at the asterisk*] [10:15 AM – Please join with the choir in chanting the Psalm]
1 How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!* My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
2 Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young;* at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God.
3 Happy are those who live in your house!* they will always be praising you.
4 Happy are those whose strength is in you!* in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
5 As they go through the desolate valley they make it a place of springs,* the early rain also covers it with pools.
6 They go from strength to strength;* the God of gods will be seen in Zion. 7 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;* give ear, O God of Jacob! 8 Behold our shield, O God;* look on the face of your Anointed. 9 For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.* I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than live in the tents of wickedness. 10 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;* he bestows favor and honor. 11 No good thing does the LORD withhold* f