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Processional Hymn

A few minutes before the service there will be music called the Prelude to help us gather ourselves and prepare for the service.

After the Prelude, our priest or a member of the Vestry, the church’s governing council, greets the congregation and announces the opening hymn. Everyone stands to sing this song, while a procession of liturgical ministers, people who have specific jobs in the service, walks down the center aisle toward the front of the church. The opening hymn unites us in our worship of God and the procession focuses our attention forward to God. The procession is led by the cross and you may see people bowing as it passes as a gesture of respect.