Scripture Verse

The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

— John iv:23, Opening Sentence for Morning Prayer

Epiphany Lessons & Carols

Only 24 days until Epiphany Lessons and Carols, sung by the Choir of Men & Boys. People of all faiths are welcome, and there is no charge for admission; however, the proceeds of a freewill offering will go to the Christ Child Society of Baltimore. A reception will follow the service, which will last approximately 45 minutes. If you would like to receive email reminders of upcoming Evensongs and other Choral Services, send an email to the Choirmaster at choirmaster@ststeve.com.

About our Liturgy

As a traditional Anglican parish, St Stephen’s uses the Authorised Version (the King James Version) of the Bible. And in principle, we use the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. But as noted on the About Us page, we occasionally use the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. Additionally, we use the Coverdale translation of the psalms (as found in the 1662 Book, and not the edited version found in the 1928 Book) at the Choral Offices of Mattins and Evensong. So we thought we should provide an explanation for our choices—since they are traditional choices, but not hidebound.

  • Why we use the 1662 Prayer Book. We have been using the 1662 Book of Common Prayer for Holy Communion for several years now. We also use the 1662 version of the Offices for Mattins and Evensong (i.e., when the choir sings the office), but that’s true for just about any parish which still offers Evensong, because that’s how church composers generally set the Preces and Responses. We are perhaps unusual (at least in the U.S.) in doing the anthem after the third collect, as directed by the rubric: “In quires and places where they sing, here followeth the anthem.”
  • Confronting the 1662’s Critics. The previous essay addresses some purely practical reasons for using the 1662 Communion Service. This essay addresses some political and theological questions which come up when people learn we’re using the 1662 Book.