ake, eat: This is my body, which is given for you…Drink this, all of you: This is my blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
– The Book of Common Prayer, page 374
Christ Church Greenwich is a Eucharistic community: our common life of fellowship, prayer, and service is grounded in the weekly communal celebration of the sacrament of bread and wine. The word “Eucharist” means “to give thanks.” Every Sunday and Tuesday, as well as on holidays and special occasions, this community gathers at the altar to give thanks to God for the blessings of this life, especially for the gift of love given to us in Jesus Christ our Lord.
The regular celebrations of the Holy Eucharist at Christ Church Greenwich embody a variety of different worship styles. Some, like our 8:00 am Sunday or 10:00 am Tuesday services, are quiet and reflective, with no music and a brief homily. Other services, especially our 9:15 am and 11:00 am morning services, are lively and joyful, with music provided by one of our many choirs.
At Christ Church Greenwich, there are many opportunities for lay people to take part in leading worship, either as Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, choristers and instrumentalists, Altar Guild members, Ushers, or Vergers. Though it is a priest who presides at the altar, the Eucharist is an act of worship and praise offered by all the people of the parish, the Body of Christ in this place.