Little Saint Mary’s Church, Cambridge

The Mass

High Mass

The Mass (also known as Eucharist or Holy Communion) is at the heart of our parish life. Jesus told Christians to celebrate the Eucharist to make present His sacrifice — His life, death and resurrection — that He might feed us with Himself.

There is an excellent essay on the website of our friends at Saint Mary Magdalen in Oxford, which explores the significance of this sacrament; also a series of articles by Fr Gregory Lipovsky Explaining the Eucharist discussing each section of the liturgy in detail.

Mass is celebrated every day of the year, except Good Friday (when communion is offered from the Reserved Sacrament consecrated at the Maundy Liturgy) and Holy Saturday (as we await the Paschal Vigil and First Mass of Easter).  On Sundays and Wednesdays, and on most important festivals during the week, there are two celebrations at LSM.

The regular times of Mass at LSM are:

Sunday 8am Low Mass
according to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer

Sunday 10:30am High Mass
with sermon, followed by refreshments

Monday 12:30pm

Tuesday 7:45am

Wednesday 10am & 7pm
Coffee is offered after the midweek morning Mass (except on Ash Wednesday), and once a month (usually the second Wednesday) it will be a Healing Mass with anointing and laying-on of hands, preceded at 9.45am by prayers for the sick. On festivals the evening Mass will be sung as the principal celebration of the day, with a sermon and concluding with refreshments.

Thursday 7:45am

Friday 12:30pm

Saturday 10am
On festivals this is usually a sung celebration, followed by refreshments.

All are welcome to every celebration.  On Saints' Days and other major festivals during the week there is usually a High or Sung Mass at 7pm (in addition to the earlier said mass, or in place of the second Low Mass on Wednesdays) with hymns, choir anthem and a short address (often followed by refreshments) in addition to the earlier celebration at the regular time. For full details see our current list of Special Services.