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Christmas Eve Worship

Please join us for Christmas Eve worship at Epiphany!

7:30pm with Christmas Music & Carols with the Epiphany Choir

8:00pm Festival Christmas Choral Eucharist (Mozart Spätzen-Messe with orchestra)

Christmas Flower Donations

Christmas is coming! Celebrate by remembering or giving thanks for someone with a Christmas floral tribute.  Please submit your donation by Sunday, December 13. You can make your donation online, or by sending a check to the parish office with “Christmas Flowers” in the memo line.

When you make your donation, please be sure to specify the dedication, either in the “Purpose of Donation” line on the online form, or by mailing the names in with your check.

 

 

Choral Evensong – December 2; Georgetown Day School Chamber Singers – December 3

Wednesday 2nd December at 6PM: CHORAL EVENSONG

Choral Evensong is sung at Epiphany on the first Wednesday of each month at 6PM. At Evensong this coming Wednesday, December 2nd the Epiphany Schola will sing music by Giovanni da Palestrina (1525-1594) and Thomas Weelkes  (1576-1623). The service of Choral Evensong lasts about half an hour and traditionally takes place in the afternoon or twilight hours. It combines readings and prayers from the Book of Common Prayer with sung canticles and an anthem. It still follows the Anglican form of service which emerged from the reigns of King Henry VIII and his son, King Edward VI, following England’s disestablishment from the Church of Rome and the institution of the Church of England – in the newly nationalized vernacular. As the Evening service rite evolved (a result of the merging of the monastic/Catholic evening ‘hours’ of Vespers and Compline – rituals that went back to the early centuries of the Church) through the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, it became modified and refined. In America, the English service survived the dissociation of the colonial Anglican Church from the Church of England during the War of Independence. As the nascent Episcopal Church grew and thrived in the new nation, so too did its reverence for and cohesion with much of the liturgy and form of the erstwhile ‘mother’ Church. Thus, the tradition of Choral Evensong – a staple of the Anglican rite – has remained part of the American liturgical landscape over the past two centuries. Today, in this country, as in England, the Evening Prayer service of Choral Evensong holds special resonance both for regular churchgoers and for non-sectarian visitors. Whatever the motivation for attendance, all are invited to respond, in contemplation, to the beauty, richness, serenity and tradition of the music and prayers, and to find a sense of connectedness binding present to ancient past.

Thursday 3rd December at 12:10PM- GEORGETOWN DAY SCHOOL CHAMBER SINGERS

If you wish to look forward to the Christmas spirit, come and join us at Epiphany for the Georgetown Day School Chamber Singers in a free concert of holiday music before they perform at the LIGHTING of the NATIONAL TREE. Under the direction of Benjamin Hutchens, the 30-voice choir of young women and men grades 10-12 will perform music for Advent and Christmas.  Hear some of your favorite seasonal music as well as lesser-known gems. The GDS Chamber Singers have been featured on for 5 years at the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree and have tour internationally each year.  Please consider joining us during your lunch break on the Thursday and bring a friend.

November 22- Sunday Bulletin

November 22 Bulletin

November 24- Tuesday Concert Series presents: Simon Nieminski, organ

Epiphany’s Tuesday Concert Series offers lunchtime performances by national and international artists. This Tuesday, November 24, we host Simon Nieminski, the Organist of St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh, UK. He will play a program of organ music by Alfred Hollins, Edwin Lemare, William Wolstenholme and American Edward Shippen Barnes (1887-1958) – his Symphony no. 2 Op. 37 (1923). Barnes was one of the most important American organists of the early 20th century and stu­died at Yale before leaving for Paris to study with Lou­is Vierne, Vin­cent D’Indy and Abel De­caux. He went on to be organist of the Church of the In­car­na­tion, New York, St. Ste­phen’s Epis­co­pal Church, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia and lastly, First Pres­by­ter­ian Church, San­ta Mon­i­ca, Cal­i­for­nia. Admission to the concert on Tuesday is free, however, a donation of $10 is suggested.

November 24 Program

To Learn more about the Tuesday Concert Series at Epiphany, please visit: http://epiphanydc.org/epiphanies-happen/concerts/

Come and celebrate the gift of music!

November 4- Choral Evensong

Choral Evensong is sung at Epiphany on the first Wednesday of each month at 6PM. At Evensong this coming Wednesday, November 4th, the Epiphany Schola will sing music by Orlando Gibbons (1583-1525) and Andrea Gabrieli  (1545-1607).

The service of Choral Evensong lasts about half an hour and traditionally takes place in the afternoon or twilight hours. It combines readings and prayers from the Book of Common Prayer with sung canticles and an anthem. It still follows the Anglican form of service which emerged from the reigns of King Henry VIII and his son, King Edward VI, following England’s disestablishment from the Church of Rome and the institution of the Church of England – in the newly nationalized vernacular.

As the Evening service rite evolved (a result of the merging of the monastic/Catholic evening ‘hours’ of Vespers and Compline – rituals that went back to the early centuries of the Church) through the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, it became modified and refined. In America, the English service survived the dissociation of the colonial Anglican Church from the Church of England during the War of Independence. As the nascent Episcopal Church grew and thrived in the new nation, so too did its reverence for and cohesion with much of the liturgy and form of the erstwhile ‘mother’ Church. Thus, the tradition of Choral Evensong – a staple of the Anglican rite – has remained part of the American liturgical landscape over the past two centuries.

Today, in this country, as in England, the Evening Prayer service of Choral Evensong holds special resonance both for regular churchgoers and for non-sectarian visitors. Whatever the motivation for attendance, all are invited to respond, in contemplation, to the beauty, richness, serenity and tradition of the music and prayers, and to find a sense of connectedness binding present to ancient past.

November 11- Veterans Day Dinner

Veterans Day Dinner
The Church of the Epiphany will host a dinner on Veterans Day, Wednesday, 11 November 2015, to honor the homeless veterans we often host at Welcome Table.  The dinner will be from noon to 2:00pm, sign-up beginning at 11:00am. There are opportunities for parishioners to volunteer their help with prepping, cooking, serving, greeting, cleaning up, and of course donations are appreciated.  If you are interested in making a donation and/or volunteering, please contact Susan Weinbeck at weinbeck1@verizon.net.  Sponsorship of a dinner is $15, sponsorship of a table for six is $80. Please see this flyer for more information.

October 7- Choral Evensong

Choral Evensong is sung at Epiphany on the first Wednesday of each month. At Evensong this coming Wednesday, October 7th, the Epiphany Schola will sing music by Renaissance composers Cristóbal de Morales (1500-1553) – considered to be the most influential Spanish composer before Victoria and Tomàs de Victoria (1548-1611) himself, the most famous composer in 16th-century Spain.

The service of Choral Evensong lasts about half an hour and traditionally takes place in the afternoon or twilight hours. It combines readings and prayers from the Book of Common Prayer with sung canticles and anthems. It still follows the Anglican form of service which emerged from the reigns of King Henry and his son, King Edward VI, following England’s disestablishment the Church of Rome and the institution of the Church of England – in the newly nationalized vernacular.

As the Evening service rite evolved (a result of the merging of the monastic/Catholic evening ‘hours’ of Vespers and Compline – rituals that went back to the early centuries of the Church) through the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, it became modified and refined. In America, the English service survived the dissociation of the colonial Anglican Church from the Church of England during the War of Independence. As the nascent Episcopal Church grew and thrived in the new nation, so too did its reverence for and cohesion with much of the liturgy and form of the erstwhile ‘mother’ Church. Thus, the tradition of Choral Evensong – a staple of the Anglican rite – has remained part of the American liturgical landscape over the past two centuries.

Today, in this country, as in England, the Evening Prayer service of Choral Evensong holds special resonance both for regular churchgoers and for non-sectarian visitors. Whatever the motivation for attendance, all are invited to respond, in contemplation, to the beauty, richness, serenity and tradition of the music and prayers, and to find a sense of connectedness binding present to ancient past.

Announcing Rector Calling Committee

Announcing Rector Calling Committee 

With humble and grateful hearts, the Vestry of the Church of the Epiphany announces the formation of the Rector Calling Committee. This team will be responsible for developing the Parish Profile, performing a search, and recommending candidates to the Vestry, who will call our next Rector.
We are delighted the following people will lead our church through this time of discernment:
D’Oniece Dillard
Kathy Haines
Caroline Klam
Judy Lokerson
Jim McCarthy
Peate Pegues
Irvin Peterson
Julie Turner
Lee Tyner
The Vestry would like to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who prayerfully considered serving on the Committee and those who nominated others. We had more than 40 nominations, and we truly felt the movement of God in the calling of this diverse and devoted group of people. We will commission the Committee in September, when they will convene for their first meeting. Please continue to pray for God’s good work through The Church of the Epiphany.
-Rachel Barham, Senior Warden

 

The Episcopal Church says Yes to Marriage Equality

On Wednesday July 1 The Episcopal Church said yes to sacramental marriage for same-sex couples when the House of Deputies voted to approve two resolutions changing the canons on marriage and approving two marriage liturgies for trial use. The House of Bishops passed these resolutions on June 29.

Resolution A054 created two trial liturgies, including a gender-neutral version of the current Book of Common Prayer marriage service. Resolution A036 amends the canons on marriage.

Susan Russell, a long time advocate for LGBT people in The Episcopal Church has published a response describing Wednesday’s action as “an exemplary illustration of the hard, faithful work of a church refusing to let the perfect be the enemy of the good as it strives to become a more expansive and inclusive church.”

Additional coverage of Wednesday’s vote is available from The Episcopal News Service and The Washington Post.