The Episcopal Church is known for its worship. The Book of Common Prayer (first published in 1549) holds a unique place in the hearts of Episcopalians. It is a collection of ancient and modern prayers and acts of praise that shape our spirituality, our understanding of God and who we are in realtion to God. It's in praying and praise of God that Episcopalians find their identity.
These prayers and acts of praise are repeated over and over, some every week and others every year. Repetition engraves these classic spiritual texts on the hearts of Episcopal worshipers so that they carry them with them wherever they go. Many of these texts were written by great Christians of the past and are recited today in churches on every continent, thereby giving voice to our soidarity with a fellowship that transcends times and spaces.
Episcopal worship is framed within an annual cycle, starting with the fourth Sunday before Christmas, which marks the beginning of the Advent season. Advent is followed by the seasons of Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost. Each season has its own particular spiritual emphasis.