Christ Episcopal Church is a parish within the Diocese of Florida, in the The Episcopal Church in the United States of America, part of the global Anglican Communion with 80 million members all over the world. These diverse churches are united in how we worship by The Book of Common Prayer.
The Episcopal Church is headed by the Presiding Bishop, The Most Reverend Michael Curry. We participate in joyful worship that is grounded in our Anglican heritage. Christ Church provides a place where you can always connect with God and with one another. Through our worship, our service to the community, our fellowship and our educational opportunities, we are confident you will find your connection here.
Protestant, Yet Catholic
As part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, The Episcopal Church in the USA, is both reformed and catholic. Our roots are deeply grounded in the Early Church and the traditions and beliefs which have grown with Christianity from its beginnings, just like the Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox churches. Our mother church, The Church of England, came into being during the time of the Reformation, embracing ideas which were coming in from the European Reformers, whilst retaining the ancient structure of being a church for everyone and open to all. The center of our life together comes each Sunday as we gather at God’s table to celebrate the Eucharist (Mass, Holy Communion). It is in this place that we are made one, equal and welcome participants in the Kingdom of Heaven,
Worship In One’s First Language
We believe that Christians should be able to worship God and read the Bible as part of their discipleship. Our worship is rooted in our current prayer book. Yet The Book of Common Prayer has been translated into many languages, so that those Episcopalians who do not speak English can still worship God in their native tongue.
The Book Of Common Prayer
Unique to Anglicanism, though, is The Book of Common Prayer, the collection of worship services that all worshipers in an Anglican church follow. It’s called “common prayer” because we all pray it together, around the world. The first Book of Common Prayer was compiled in English by Thomas Cranmer in the 16th Century, and since then has undergone many revisions for different times and places. But its original purpose has remained the same: To provide in one place the core of the instructions and rites for Anglican Christians to worship together.
The present prayer book in the Episcopal Church was published in 1979. Many other worship resources and prayers exist to enrich our worship, but The Book of Common Prayer is the authority that governs our worship. The prayer book explains Christianity, describes the main beliefs of the Church, outlines the requirements for the sacraments, and, in general, serves as the main guidelines of the Episcopal life.