Here is just one definition, offered by Bishop William Temple:
”To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.”
The Church of Ireland is a liturgical church, although we embrace informal expressions of worship throughout the diocese. One meaning of liturgy is ‘the work of worship’.
- Our services follow an accepted liturgical form and structure.
- We have one prayer book – The Book of Common Prayer (2004) – plus other services authorised for use by the General Synod.
- We keep a balance in doctrine and worship between Word and Sacrament.
- The Holy Communion or the Eucharist is our central act of worship
- Our liturgical calendar is determined by the timing of Easter
Daily Worship App
Grow in relationship with God through daily prayer. Read and meditate on Scripture. Prepare services with ease. All with the help of Daily Worship from the Church of Ireland Lectionary.
The Church of Ireland’s Daily Worship app brings the content of the Book of Common Prayer into the smartphone era by presenting its content in one place, including Bible readings and liturgies for each day of the year. The app covers five services – Daily Prayer (Morning), Daily Prayer (Evening), A Late Evening Office, Compline, and Holy Communion – and draws on the rich liturgical resources of the Church of Ireland.
Download from the App Store (Apple)
Download from Google play (Android)
Even informal worship has its form, but this more relaxed setting often encourages people to be more expressive. As a diocese we celebrate the old and the new and embrace the fresh expressions of worship found in our parishes.