Sunday vespers for Michaelmas

Sunday vespers for the feast of Saint Michael and All Angels at Church of the Redeemer is on October 2, 2016, at 7:00 pm. The women of the Redeemer Choir lead this service.

These services are similar to compline, but there are some differences from what happens at St. Mark’s Cathedral. One difference is that Sunday vespers are not strictly sung by the choir. There are spoken readings. The congregation participates with singing some of the chants and saying some of the prayers.

One distinctive difference with Sunday vespers is a five minute of so period of silence. You may silently read Psalms in the Book of Common Prayer available at your seat. Or you may meditate. Try contemplating on the meaning of one of the readings.

Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 Northeast 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. Join us during Sunday vespers for meditative prayer and praise.

This is an example of a vespers service from May 1, 2016.

Saint Michael and All Angels

St. Michael and All Angels IconMichael is the leader of the angels in victory over the dragon (identified with Satan) and the dragon’s angels. This archangel is often portrayed with a sword fighting or standing over a dragon.

As created spirits, angels are sent as messengers of God to human beings. They are of a different created order from humanity. Hebreiws 1:14 says they are “spirits in the divine service, sent to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation.” Angels are pure spirits because they do not depend on bodiliness or matter for existence.

Divine interaction with people is often heralded by angels in the Bible. For example, angels announce Jesus’ Incarnation (Lk 1:26-38) and nativity (Lk 2:9-15). They minister to Jesus after his temptation in the wilderness (Mk 1:13) and before his arrest and crucifixion (Lk 22:43). An angel rolls back the stone after Jesus’ resurrection (Mt 28:2-4) heralding Jesus’ victory over death (Mt 28:5-7; Jn 20:12-13). Serving God’s glory and power, angels are involved in God’s judgment by separating the wicked from the righteous (Mt 13:41, 13:49). However, angels are not to be worshiped (Col 2:18).

Observance of a day in honor of Michael dates from the fifth century. The feast of St. Michael the Archangel is September 29. The 1549 Book of Common Prayer expanded the feast to include all angels. The feast of St. Michael and All Angels is one of the major feasts of the church year in the Episcopal Church.

(Information taken mostly from the Glossary at the Episcopal Church website.)

Church of the Redeemer

Community life at Redeemer centers on worship in the Episcopal traditionArt and music vitally deepen this worship. Our faith expresses itself with service to people, locally to internationally.

Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 Northeast 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. We are a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside.

The Episcopal Church welcomes you.