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The catholic tradition within the Anglican Communion stresses the continuity of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of the Apostles, the Creeds and the early Church Fathers.  It values the rich inheritance of teaching and practice, of rite and ceremony, from those centuries before the Reformation when the church in Europe was still one, though separated since 1054 from the Eastern Orthodox Churches. 

 

We understand worship to be an offering made by the creature to the Creator.  This being so, the primary object in going to a place of worship is to give and not to get.  At the very centre of our worship life is the Holy Eucharist - it is the one service instituted by Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself at the Last Supper.  It is called The Liturgy, which means public work or action.  In addition to the Holy Eucharist we practice the daily offices of Matins and Evensong to be formed daily by prayer and the reading of the Bible.

 

 

We value the ancient Eucharistic vestments, cross, candles, incense, ikons, Stations of the Cross and votive lights, bow and genuflection as they preserve the dignity, solemnity and beauty of worship and because they express in the outward form what we inwardly believe.  They symbolize key elements of Christian teaching and lead to deep devotion.