Worship at GHTC
Sundays (in the Nave):
– 8:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
– 10:15 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
– 5:00 p.m. – Order for Evening and Holy Eucharist
Weekdays (in the Chapel):
– 12:05 p.m. – Holy Eucharist
We use Rite II for all services. What does that mean? See the explanation at the bottom of the page.
|– 9:15 a.m.||Adult Formation classes in the Common Room|
|– 9:30 a.m.||Youth Formation classes in the Youth Room, at the south end of Haden Hall.|
|– 10:15 a.m.||Children’s Formation in Haden Hall
The children begin in the Nave with their families and process with their adult leaders, following the Collect of the Day, to their chapel in Haden Hall. Children return to the Nave at the Peace.
Nursery care is provided from 7:50-11:30 a.m. for infants and toddlers in the nursery in Haden Hall (from the Tower entry, go up the stairs and straight ahead to the adjoining building. Follow signs.)
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral is at 13th and Broadway in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. We are near the southwest corner of the downtown loop, easily accessible from all of the interstate highways that go through Kansas City. Check here if you need more detailed directions.
All worship gatherings at the Cathedral are open to any who wish to attend. It is the practice of the Episcopal Church to welcome all baptized Christians to the Eucharistic table. Leadership of the liturgy is the task of all worshipers, and at the Cathedral lay people participate in various leadership roles under the supervision of the clergy. If you have any questions about our services, opportunities for leadership, or education, please contact the Cathedral office or speak to a clergy member on Sunday morning.
Sunday 8 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
This early Sunday service is held in the Cathedral Nave. The liturgy is Rite II Eucharist found on page 355 of the Book of Common Prayer, and Eucharistic Prayer A is most often used. Seasonal variations in the liturgy follow the church calendar. The service is a mostly spoken one, usually with opening and closing hymns and a choral anthem at the offertory. The congregation is a mix of people that varies from week to week, attendance averaging about 60. The 8 a.m. service has a calm and contemplative character, with worshipers participating through spoken responses and silent prayer.
Sunday 10:15 a.m. – Choral Holy Eucharist
This service is Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral’s largest gathering and is held in the Cathedral Nave. Attendance averages about 300 people and reflects the diversity of the Cathedral family. The Trinity Choir leads the sung portions of the service, which include hymns, a psalm and an offertory anthem. The liturgy is Rite II Eucharist found on page 355 of the Book of Common Prayer, and Eucharistic Prayer A is most often used. Seasonal variations in the liturgy follow the church calendar. The 10:15 a.m. service is the most festive and celebratory of the Cathedral’s services, with worshipers participating through singing, spoken and sung responses, and prayer.
Sunday 5 p.m. – An Order For Evening With Holy Eucharist
This final service in the Cathedral’s Sunday schedule is a special and unique event. Combining the Rite II Eucharist found on page 355 of the Book of Common Prayer with An Order of Worship for the Evening found on page 109, the liturgical focus is on a meditative and contemplative setting where worshipers can bring to a close the week past and prepare for the week to come. Most often held in the Cathedral Nave, the congregation of 20 to 35 people occasionally gathers in Founders’ Hall. The service is almost entirely sung and chanted, with congregational responses led by a cantor and organist team.
Sunday 5 p.m. – Choral Evensong With Holy Eucharist (3rd Sunday)
Evensong is a service of hymns, choral anthems, Bible readings and prayers — it is a time to listen, pray, meditate and sing. Holy Communion is celebrated following Evensong for those desiring it.
Weekdays 12:05 p.m. – Holy Eucharist
Mark the day with the Holy Eucharist. The liturgy is the Holy Eucharist Rite II service found on page 355 of the Book of Common Prayer. The service is a deeply contemplative experience that includes readings from scripture, a psalm and expressions of faith. Eucharistic Prayer A is most often used. This intimate gathering for prayer and worship is a wonderful time to pause during the work day.
Rite I and Rite II
Most worship services in the Episcopal Church come in two versions: Rite I and Rite II. Simply put, Rite I liturgies are descended from traditional Anglican liturgical forms, and even retain some of the traditional English that dates from 1600s. Many people prefer the historical liturgies and more traditional language. Rite II services date from the writing of the current Book of Common Prayer in the 1970s and use contemporary, everyday English. If you would like to compare, see this great Book of Common Prayer website. Most Episcopalians hear the Rite II liturgies most often but many Episcopal churches use the Rite I Eucharist as part of their worship. We use Rite II for regular worship throughout the year.