Cleansing Fire

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Compline at Christ Church on Sunday evenings

September 29th, 2009, Promulgated by Choir

Dear CF readers – I offer to you a wonderful way to end your Sunday by attending a Compline Service. Compline marks the close of the “Hours of the Divine Office”, and its origins date back to the 4th Century monastic custom of private prayer and devotion before retiring. St. Benedict is responsible for the name of the office, its liturgical character and arrangement.

Each Sunday evening at 9 p.m. from October through April there is a candlelit Compline Service held at Christ Episcopal Church on East Avenue. The service is sung by the Schola Cantorum under the direction of Stephen Kennedy, director of music and organist at Christ Church. Mr. Kennedy is also on the faculty of Eastman School of Music.

Candlelight Concerts

Candlelight Concerts precede Compline at 8:30pm each first Sunday of each month from October through April. Concerts given by fine local musicians are underwritten by contributions from Christ Church Friends of Music.

Remember this is NOT in a Catholic Church, but an Episcopal Church, but the music is VERY Roman Catholic. Christ Church obviously doesn’t have the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the tabernacle so there is no need to genuflect. This is a concert and not a Catholic service. The atmosphere is very quiet and is done in candlelight. We need to get all of this music back into the Catholic Church. The total Compline service lasts about 25 minutes.


8 Responses to “Compline at Christ Church on Sunday evenings”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Is there a parking lot? East ave. near what cross street? Thank you.

  2. I think the cross street is Scio. It's right across the street from Channel 10. There is a parking lot in the back of the church.

  3. Ben Anderson says:

    hey Cleansing Fire – I think you'd tickle viewfromthechoir's fancy if you did a post about 40 days:

  4. Andrew says:

    Sorry guys, I promised myself that I would never enter an Episcopal church in Rochester – even for compline.

    Everything that you are angry about the Catholic DOR for, ex-Episcopalians are about a thousand times more enraged at what happened to this church in the past 30+ years…. and the E. diocese of Rochester is a poster-child for those changes.

  5. Ben Anderson says:

    are you an ex-Episcopalian?
    Do you have any interest in writing about it?

    If so, I'd be happy to publish it on my blog. Or I'm sure CF probably would as well.

  6. Andrew says:

    Hi Ben, Yes, I'm an ex-`E churcher' – the church I was born into. I'm not really interested in writing about it, simply because there is a full time industry in documenting the folly of TEC. See here:
    and here:
    and here:
    and about a hundred other blogs.

    I come from the Anglo-Catholic tradition in the Anglican church, and while I am currently attending a `continuing Anglican' church, it is clear that the Anglo-Catholic movement has no future outside of Rome. Thus it is only a question of when and how the lifeboats are picked up by Peter's barque. Some say individual conversion is the only way, others are hoping for a magnanimous gesture for a structural solution (similar, but probably not identical to the Eastern Catholics) from the Holy Father, and will allow the retention of some of the good things from the Anglican tradition. See here for more:

    In the meantime we watch and wait, pondering all these things in our hearts.

  7. ben says:

    I really hope you exCofE AngloCatholics [for lack of a better term] can get corporate union with Rome. God bless ya

  8. Ben Anderson says:

    Thanks for sharing that, Andrew

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