Register for Public Worship
Live worship has returned to St. Augustine's. Our COVID Response Team has put together a relaunch strategy that incorporates the safety standards put forth by the Anglican Diocese of Calgary and Alberta Health Services. If you and your family have weighed the risks associated with public worship and would like to attend in person, you must pre-register for each service. You can register by using the online form (see link below) or by calling the Church office at 403-327-3970. You have until Thursday at 4 p.m. to register for the upcoming Sunday service. This will help us plan for assigned seating to assure physical distancing is maintained. If needed, we will hold a second service to accommodate everyone who wishes to come to church.
For everyone else we will continue to offer livestream video. We encourage you to join us by following the instructions and links shown below.
Livestream Prayer and Worship
Facebook users can watch on Facebook Live on our St. Augustine's page #here or for those of you who are not on Facebook, you can click the link below which will take you directly to the livestream. Livestream links for home worship will be posted here approximately 15 minutes prior to the service.
October 18th Sunday Worship Livestream Service (will go live at 9:45 am)
Click here for this Sunday's Livestream
Click here for this Sunday's Bulletin
Tune in Sunday Morning to Watch this Sunday's Live Children's Focus
The Daily Office
Links for these services will become active right at scheduled time
Morning Prayer, 9:00 AM, October 23 http://www.facebook.com/staugustinesanglican/videos/378881030140133
Evening Prayer, 6:00PM, October 22 http://www.facebook.com/staugustinesanglican/videos/2711889469070761
Compline, 8:45 PM, October 21 http://www.facebook.com/staugustinesanglican/videos/
Schedule for the Daily Office
A note about ‘Spiritual Eucharist’ services
What is spiritual communion?
Spiritual communion is an ancient practice of the church which takes place during exceptional circumstances when individuals or communities desire to receive the Holy Eucharist but are unable to do so through no fault of their own. This would include the persecuted, prisoners, the gravely sick, and all who are denied access to the sacrament.
The book of common prayer on p, 584 states: "But if a man, either by reason of extremity of sickness, or for want of warning in due time to the Curate, or by any other just impediment, do not receive the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood: he shall be instructed that if he do truly repent him of his sins, and stedfastly believe that Jesus Christ hath suffered death upon the Cross for him, and shed his Blood for his redemption, earnestly remembering the benefits he hath thereby, and giving him hearty thanks therefor; he doth eat and drink the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ profitably to his soul’s health, although he do not receive the Sacrament with his mouth."
Is it allowed in these circumstances?
Recently, clergy from the Anglican Diocese of Calgary received a letter from our Archbishop, Greg Kerr-Wilson, in which he discusses the use of Spiritual Communion in online services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other important things, he says “I am, therefore, writing to say that those priests who wish to offer this form of ministry certainly have permission to do so.”
What do I need to do?
Simply be present for our services (either the livestream or the video recorded version, later), prayerfully participate, and when we come to that part of the service where you would normally come to the altar and physically receive communion, instead, simply join the celebrant in the short prayer which is printed in your service bulletin. It is that simple.