Holy Mass at Zion
On Sundays and Major Feasts and Festivals, Holy Mass is held in the Church. On Wednesdays and for other spoken Masses, Holy Mass is celebrated in the Chapel of the Holy Incarnation (in the Rectory; please use the Parish Office side door next to the church for access) as listed in the daily liturgical calendar.
Wednesday Masses are at 9:30am & 7pm during Advent and Lent.
Matins, the Church's morning prayer, is prayed every morning at 8:45am in the Chapel of the Holy Incarnation, located in the Rectory. Matins is not prayed on days when a morning Mass is held.
Vespers, the Church's evening prayer, is prayed on Thursdays at 6:30pm or 7:00pm in the Church, and on alternating Tuesdays at 7:00pm. During Advent and Lent, additional days are added to the Vespers schedule. A schedule is available from the church office.
Liturgical Files are in Portable Document Format (PDF) and require the Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Acrobat Reader, you may download it free of charge from Adobe.
Preparation for Holy Mass
The Preparatory Prayers used at Zion include vesting prayers, Psalm 84 (formatted for responsive prayer), traditional suffrages, and appropriate collects.
The Ordinary of the Mass
Zion's Ordo is not currently available in electronic form. A project underway will make Zion's Ordo, and a complete set of Propers, available in the future. The Ordos available here were used historically at Zion, but are not reflective of the best Lutheran practice. Indeed in some cases they are quite contrary to what we teach and confess. They are retained here because they are a part of Zion's history, and the language and rubrics are of interest to those who study the Holy Liturgy.
Propers of the Mass
In keeping with her observance of historic Western use in the Ordinary of the Mass, Zion follows the historic Western liturgy in her use of the propers of the Mass. Available here are full propers for the entire liturgical year as used at Zion, as well as files containing just the Cantors chants.
Included in the Sanctoral Calendar is the entire gamut of feasts, festivals, and commemorations observed liturgically at Zion throughout the year.
The hymn plan for Zion primarily uses The Lutheran Hymnal. Occasionally hymns from other sources are used as well. Hymns are chosen based on the appointed Scriptures in the liturgical year. The Hymn Plan Liturgical Year 2013-14 can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE
Stations of the Cross
Since the legalization of Christianity in the Fourth Century, the Stations of the Cross have been prayed. Originally, Christians traveled to Jerusalem to walk the route which they assumed Our Lord took from the Praetorium (Pilate's residence) to the tomb. Along the way, they would stop at certain places to pray or meditate. Each station commemorates an event along the way of Our Lord's journey to death and the grave. This devotion affords time for Scripture reading, silent meditation, prayer and hymnic reflection. The artwork which adorns the church (not included here) is also utilized to aid the devotion of the faithful. In order to guide this devotion, excerpts from sermons by Blessed Martin Luther are included. The hope is that such meditation will encourage increased appreciation for the Sacramental gifts presented in and through the Incarnate and Crucified One.