By order of the Anglican Diocese of Calgary, in-person worship is suspended for four weeks beginning Monday, September 20, and this includes Sunday and Thursday services. The Bishop’s letter, including the rationale for the Covid Task-Force decision, can be found in its entirety here. In short, out of love and concern for our over-burdened healthcare system and those who most need it, we will err on the side of caution and do all we can to mitigate the risk of community transmission of this disease during this crucial time.
Although we will have a month physically apart, we at St. Augustine’s will continue to offer multiple opportunities for livestream prayer and worship each week. These opportunities can be accessed via our Facebook page or our YouTube channel.
- Sunday AM livestream services begin at 9:45 a.m.
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday Morning Prayer Services begin at 8:30 a.m.
- Monday, Wednesday and Thursday Compline Services begin at 8:45 p.m.
In person church meetings are also suspended (except for NA and AA meetings).
We encourage you to join us using your home computer or mobile device. Please follow the instructions and links shown further below.
Livestream Prayer and Worship
Facebook users can watch on Facebook Live on our St. Augustine's page here. 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.
Click here for October 17 Sunday service livestream @ 10AM (stream will go live at 9:45 AM)
Click here for October 17 Sunday service Bulletin
Click here to read music for The Kilcreggan Mass
The Daily Office
Links for these services will become active right at scheduled time
Morning Prayer, 8:30 AM, Oct. 20 https://youtu.be/2KHooBsL7S0
Compline (Night Prayer - modern language) 8:45 PM, Monday, Oct. 18 https://www.facebook.com/staugustinesanglican
Download the booklet for Night Prayer here.
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?
Shortly after the pandemic began, clergy from the Anglican Diocese of Calgary received a letter from 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.