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Canon Seven — Worship

Worship in the CCIA shall be liturgical, charismatic, and evangelical with suitable vestments worn by the Clergy.

  1. Liturgical
    a. The principal worship service in the CCIA shall be the weekly Celebration of Holy Eucharist on the Lord’s Day.
        i) The service shall follow the shape of the historic liturgy of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
       ii) The Eucharist shall be celebrated with the elements ordained by Jesus Christ himself, bread and wine.
      iii) The Approved Rites of the Church include those found in the Anglican, Roman and Eastern Rites, and other traditional/historic rites, as approved by the Diocesan Bishop.
       iv) In keeping with the spirit of the early church, the shape of the historic liturgy shall be followed, always maintaining “that blessed liberty where with Christ hath made us free.” We reject the introduction or use of any modern liberal liturgical revisions, which detract from the historic faith of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
       v) The Clergy should wear vestments, which are suitable to an occasion of high praise. The normative attire for the principal Sunday service is:
           (1) Priests: Alb and Stole
           (2) Deacons: Alb and Stole or Cassock, Surplice and Stole.
           (3) Celebrant: In addition to Priest’s attire, the Celebrant wears a Chasuble.
           (4) Other forms of traditional vesture are suitable.

  2. Charismatic
    a. The worship offered to God in the CCIA is not only liturgical but also charismatic. As such, the worship event should lend itself to the activity of the Holy Spirit in the midst of the congregation. This includes freedom of prayer and praise, operation in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and regular prayer for the sick accompanied by the anointing of oil.

    b. All worship music should bring glory to God. Recognizing the various backgrounds and cultures of the individual parishes, it is nevertheless desirable that the worship music should represent both the rich tradition of the historic faith and the contemporary expressions of praise.