The Episcopal Church confesses that praying shapes believing, making worship essential to our life at the Cathedral. Worship unites us in prayer, singing, and around the table of bread and wine. As God’s people gathered, we support one another and know that God is present in our midst. Our time together in worship with God changes us, uniting us to Christ and another, and sends us out into the world to love and serve others. A central part of our gathering worship is the Eucharist, a meal of bread and wine that we share to experience the grace of Christ. As part of the Episcopal Tradition, our Sunday worship derives from The Book of Common Prayer. Other midweek and Sunday services often bring together multiple traditions.
We gather on Sundays at 8am (Eucharistic Rite II, no music) and at 10am (Eucharistic Rite II, choral) and throughout the month at other times for worship.
Some Yearly Highlights in our Worship Life
Annual Festival Service of Lessons and Carols
Our annual candlelight service of Christmas readings and music is well known in the Erie community. We join together in appreciation for the beauty and power of the Christmas story and the hope it inspires for peace on earth and good will among all.
Shrove Tuesday on Sunday
We have some fun on the last Sunday before Lent each year. The burial of the Alleluia egg, burning of palms, a Mardi gras procession and pancake races make for a memorable day!
The Cathedral takes great care to provide outstanding liturgy and music for all seasons of the church year. Over the years, the congregation and the wider Erie community have come to depend on the Cathedral for the best of Episcopal tradition, preaching and music.
Blessing of Animals
For almost 20 years, the Cathedral has welcomed all Erie pets (and their people) to the Blessing of Animals each year near St. Francis’ feast day.
Prayer Before the Election: Choral Evensong
The Cathedral held nonpartisan services of prayer in 2016 before the Presidential Election and in 2018 before the Mid-term Elections. Traditional prayers for the nation and the election were offered with sung Evensong. These services welcomed all to a sacred space with a message of reconciliation and civility.
Choral Evensong and Burleigh Celebration
In 2017, the Cathedral held a celebration of the life and music of Harry T. Burleigh with the release of the Cathedral Choir’s CD, “Hold On! Keep Your Hand on the Plow,” a recording of the spirituals of Harry T. Burleigh.