Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church

552 West End Avenue, New York, New York 10024
(Church Entrance on 87th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue)
Tel. (212) 580-3326 ~ Fax (212) 873-1452

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Liturgy and Worship

The liturgy at Saint Ignatius of Antioch is according to the use of the Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church (1979). This treasure of the great Anglican Prayer Book tradition allows us to celebrate the sacraments and mark the times and seasons according to the ancient patterns. At our services we both use traditional language rites and still make full use of the authorized materials of the Church.

On Sundays at our principal Eucharist and on Major Feasts, we follow the customs of the historic Solemn Mass of the Western Rite, in which we use incense, make processions, wear the traditional vestments, and sing and chant much of the service. Our weekday celebrations in the Lady Chapel are much simpler.


A Procession in 1888

As you can see from the print above, showing the interior of church then on West 40th Street, the beauty and fullness of Catholic worship has been our tradition since we were founded in the wake of the Oxford Movement. This image is from “Surpliced Choirs in New York,” by H. E. Krehbiel, an article that appeared in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, 77:457 (June 1888), 65-75. You can find the whole article here.