Worship at the Cathedral continues to be an expression of the worth-ship of God. God's love is worth our sincere prayer, highest praise and most thoughtful study of sacred Word. God's faithfulness is worth the most uplifting liturgy, the brightest music and most beautiful spaces and gardens.
Throughout the week we celebrate Holy Communion, the principal service of our church where we pray, read scripture, and eat bread and wine together. The rites and rituals of our worship are grounded in the Episcopal Church and in accordance with The Book of Common Prayer, 1979. The rich diversity of God's children at St. Paul's is reflected in an attitude of openness to new inspiration in worship.
On first Sunday of each month at 5 p.m. the Cathedral offers an alternative style of worship in the Taizé Prayer Service. Evensong is offered on the third or fifth Sundays, as announced - please watch our calendar for Evensong services.
Types of Worship
St. Paul's Cathedral uses The Book of Common Prayer for the Episcopal Church of the United States, 1979.
Traditional Language Service (Rite I)
Sunday 8 and 11 a.m. services
This worship service has a formality and grandeur that draws inspiration from the finest historical and traditional liturgy and language.
One might imagine this liturgy as reflecting the sacred rites of the ancient temple worship in Jesus' time.
(Click image to see more pictures of Rite I.)
Contemporary Language Service (Rite II)
Saturday 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. service
This service has a simplicity and beauty that represents the ongoing transformation of the church's liturgy and language.
One might imagine this liturgy as reflecting the sacred spirit of Upper Room fellowship where Christ gathers with his friends and all share in the peace that passes understanding.
(Click image to see more pictures of Rite II.)
Taizé Prayer – First Sunday every month at 5 p.m.
Click here to learn more about Taizé.
Evensong – Third or Fifth Sunday on occasion, as announced, at 5 p.m.
Evensong is the traditional Anglican Evensong in which Evening Prayer is sung - rather than said - to the glory of God. St. Paul's Cathedral Choir or Music Sacra will lead this congregational service and sing an anthem or a full choral concert. The pipe organ is the primary instrument played, although there may be an additional special musical offering.