Little Saint Mary’s Church, Cambridge

Worship at LSM

"Seven whole days, not one in seven, I will praise Thee" - George Herbert

Human beings are made for worship and true happiness comes through worshipping God. God became a human being in Jesus Christ and it is in and through Jesus that we worship Him.

Precisely because God took human flesh in the Incarnation, we come to Him through the physical - through matter, the stuff of our lives. Consequently we can encounter God in our relationships, in the natural world, and supremely in the Sacraments: physical things that God promises us will give us His grace, such at Baptism and Holy Communion.

Worship is the centre of the life of Little S. Mary's. In joyful obedience to God's coming among us in the body we use all the human senses in worship - sight, sound, smell and touch. Music, beauty, incense and movement all draw us into the mystery of the Holy Trinity, God's own life.

At Little St Mary's we continue the daily tradition of Morning and Evening Prayer which has been offered continuously to God for thousands of years.  At the heart of this are the Psalms which were used in Jewish worship; sometimes we even sing them to the same musical tones that were heard in the Temple at Jerusalem. 

Morning Prayer (Matins) is said daily from Monday to Friday at 8:20am and on Sundays at 7:30am; it is prayed privately on Saturdays.  

Evening Prayer, based on the monastic office of Vespers, is offered every day at 6pm (on Sundays in the context of Solemn Evensong, followed by a sermon and Benediction).

If you are unable to come to church at these times you are encouraged to join in the offices at home, in the workplace or wherever you may be.  You can find details of the daily psalms and readings on line here or pick up the weekly pewsheet in church. 

Sometimes we join to say Compline, an ancient service for the ending of the day, to conclude our fellowship after an evening study meeting or other event, particularly during Advent or Lent.  During these seasons we also offer regular Holy Hours of prayer before the Eucharist, together with Lectio Divina and Ignatian contemplative prayer.

The Mass is celebrated every day in LSM, apart from Good Friday (when communion is offered from the reserved hosts consecrated at the Maundy Mass of the Last Supper) and Holy Saturday. There is a sung celebration including a short homily (and often followed by refreshments) on most Holy Days throughout the year.