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  • 8:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
  • 9:30 a.m. – Christian Education for all ages
        (except in summer; resumes the first Sunday of September )
         Nursery available for infants and small children year-round
  • 10:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
  • 3:00 p.m. – La Santa Misa 

The Liturgy at St. Francis

St. Francis is eucharistically centered and uses Rite II services, meaning the Holy Communion is the principal service on the Lord's Days and major feast days, and we use rites composed in contemporary language. On the fourth Sunday of each month, the office of Morning Prayer is used as the ante-communion or Liturgy of the Word portion for the Eucharist.

Liturgy means "the work of the people," and the laity are encouraged to serve in various capacities in every service. (See below: Opportunities to Serve in Worship.)

The liturgies of the Church are found in the Book of Common Prayer, the Book of Occasional Services, and the Book of Lesser Feasts and Fasts. These rites allow the people of God to re-live the drama of God's salvation history, especially the events in the life of our Lord within the cycle of the church year.

Therefore, these special services are offered during sacred seasons of the church year:

1st Sunday in Advent Advent Lessons and Carols
4th Sunday in Advent Christmas Lessons and Carols
Christmas Eve 7:00 p.m. - A Family Service
  11:00 p.m. - The Festival Celebration of the Nativity
The Epiphany Holy Eucharist with the re-enactment of the Christmas/Epiphany story by the children and youth.
Palm Sunday The Liturgy of Palms and Holy Eucharist with the dramatic reading of the Passion Gospel
Ash Wednesday Holy Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes
Holy Wednesday Tenebrae ~ A Lenten Service of Lamentation (more information)
(Note: Tenebrae service and Easter Vigil in alternating years)
Maundy Thursday Holy Eucharist and stripping of the altar.
Good Friday 12 noon - The Good Friday Liturgy
  7 p.m. - The Stations of the Cross
Easter Eve The Great Vigil of Easter
Easter Day Celebrations of the Holy Eucharist with the Flowering of the Cross.

The Holy Eucharist is celebrated on the remaining Principal Feast Days: The Ascension, The Day of Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, and All Saints Day. In addition, Major Feasts are transferred to Wednesdays when the Eucharist and Unction (the Rite of Healing) are routinely offered, or to the "First Saturday" service.

St. Francis Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 11406
503 Forest Hill Dr.
Goldsboro, NC 27532
Voice: 919-735-9845
Fax: 919-735-9893
Our church is completely
handicapped accessible.

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