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In short, the Episcopal Church is a Protestant denomination that is known for its rhythm of traditional worship, a church calendar that celebrates seasons such as Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter as well as special Saints days, and its commitment to issues of justice.
Thank you for asking! Right now, all Episcopal Churches in the Diocese (our geographic area in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, the Northshore, etc) are committed to wearing masks during in-person worship. You may see the priest remove her mask to preach, when she is a safe distance away from the choir and congregation.
Yes, we have congregational singing at this time, but again, all of us are wearing masks including when singing.
Hand sanitizer is encouraged when entering the sanctuary.
You are welcome to wave instead of shaking hands during the Peace.
Communion is being distributed with the bread (wafers) and not the shared chalice (wine) at this time.
Sunday Mornings at 10 AM in the Church.
There is street parking available on both sides of the church.
There is a simple coffee hour following the service in the parish hall.
Many people like to dress up a little for church, but we encourage you to wear what’s comfortable for you. Some of us wear suits and dresses, others wear jeans. You will see different styles of clothing that reflect the many home countries of our congregation.
The priest wears a white robe called an alb, as well as her vestments, which include a stole and chasuble. She is happy to explain the meaning behind the colors and symbols and why they change during different seasons of the year.
Families and babies are welcome in worship! The sounds of children in the sanctuary are a delight, so please do not be embarrassed if your child asks questions during worship or wants to walk around the sanctuary to light a candle at the devotional altars or takes a moment to cry.
There is no separate nursery or childcare on Sundays. We are one intergenerational family in worship.
Holy Communion, also known as Mass or Eucharist or the Lord’s Supper, is celebrated each Sunday. All who seek Christ are invited to partake. You do not need to be an Episcopalian to receive Communion. You do not need to be a certain age or to have been Confirmed to partake.
At this time, only the host (a small wafer) is placed in your hands when you come up to receive. We are not currently sharing the chalice (wine) as a part of our COVID-19 precautions.
If for any reason you would rather receive a blessing, the priest is happy to say a prayer for you. Simply cross your hands over your chest when you come forward during Communion, or instruct your child to do so.
Deciding to join a church is an exciting milestone. If your discernment leads you to choose St. Luke’s as your church home, you will be surrounded by a faithful community for support and comfort on life’s pilgrimage. Just being present in worship and the life of the church means being active in this church. Formal membership can begin in several different ways.
Baptism is the “front door” of the church. If you have never been baptized (in any church) then this is the place to begin. Baptism requires water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In the Episcopal Church, adults, children, and infants (with parent(s) and godparent(s) present to make their vows) are baptized. In the Episcopal Church, baptism is indissoluble; it does not bear repeating.
If you have already been baptized, you are likely ready for Confirmation. Being confirmed in the Episcopal Church is a mature faith commitment, made on the Bishop’s annual visit to the church, where the Bishop places her/his hands on your head and prays for the Holy Spirit to be active in your life. If you have already been confirmed in the Lutheran or Roman Catholic Church, we recognize that you have already shared in this sacramental rite.
The priest would love to speak to you about the history of Baptism and Confirmation, and answer all of your questions about the Episcopal Church and St. Luke’s in particular.
For some, the next step is simply transferring your membership from your previous Episcopal Church, or Anglican Church.
If you would like to serve on vestry (the parish council) you would need to be baptized, confirmed, or have your letter transferred.
Reverend Jane-Allison E. Wiggin was called as Priest-in-Charge in January 2022, after serving for several months as Supply Clergy, getting to know the congregation.
"What drew me to Historic St. Luke's was its joy in worship, the faithfulness of its longtime members, and its willingness to open wide the doors for more families and neighbors to discover its beauty. St. Luke's reminds us that God cares for the orphan, the widow, the immigrant, the outcast, those who mourn, those who long for justice, and those who are hungry. For that, I am grateful to preach, teach, and pray here."
Mother Jane-Allison was born and baptized in the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, grew up in South Carolina, and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Furman University. Mother Jane-Allison attended Sewanee: The University of the South’s School of Theology and graduated in 2015 with her Master of Divinity. She is pursuing her Doctorate of Ministry through Sewanee’s Advanced Degree Program.
Mother Jane-Allison was ordained to the transitional diaconate at Trinity Cathedral in Columbia, South Carolina in 2016 and to the priesthood at Christ Episcopal Church in Covington, Louisiana in 2017. She has served as chaplain at Christ Episcopal School Covington and as associate rector at Trinity New Orleans. She is the current Diocesan Youth Event Coordinator.
Jane-Allison is passionate about evangelism, teaching, and pilgrimage. She has traveled to Canterbury, Jerusalem, Rome, Santiago de Compostela, as well as many historic Civil Rights landmarks, and hopes to make many more pilgrimages in her lifetime. In her free time, she enjoys browsing bookstores, visiting art markets and museums, trying new restaurants, and walks with her rescue dog.
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1222 N. Dorgenois Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70119, United States
504 821 0529 Church Office
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Sunday 9 AM - 12 PM
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