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The Sacraments

In the Episcopal Church, we take part in certain regular acts of Christian worship. Within the context of worship we a recipients of God's grace through outward and visible common everyday items (bread, wine, water, oil, etc...). So, a sacrament is an outward and visible sign of the inward and spiritual grace we receive from God. 

The two primary sacraments are Holy Baptism and Holy Communion

There are 5 other Sacramental Rites: Confirmation (adult affirmation of faith), Reconciliation of a Penitent (confession), Holy Unction (anointing for healing), Holy Matrimony (marriage), and Holy Orders (ordination). 

We believe that God is actively present in the world, with us and working through us. In the sacraments, we realize God's presence and God's favor (grace) for us. Through the sacraments, which are freely given to us by God, we are reassured that our sins are forgiven, our minds are enlightened, our hearts stirred, and our wills strengthened. These sacraments are administered in the worship services found in The Book of Common Prayer, a book that contains the rites and rituals for worship services in the Episcopal Church. 

A complete outline of the Episcopal faith (called the catechism) can be found on pages 845-862 of The Book of Common Prayer. Your questions are encouraged and always welcome!

What is Holy Baptism? 

Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ's Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God. The outward and visible sign in Baptism is water, in which the person is baptized in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Click Here for more on Baptism

What is Holy Eucharist? 

The Holy Eucharist is the sacrament commanded by Christ for the continual remembrance of his life, death, and resurrection, until his coming again. The outward and visible sign in the Eucharist is bread and wine, given and received according to Christ's command. Click Here for more on Holy Eucharist

What is Confirmation (adult affirmation of faith)? 

Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.  Click Here for more on Confirmation

What is Reconciliation of a Penitent (confession)? 

Reconciliation of a Penitent, or Penance, is the rite in which those who repent of their sins may confess them to God in the presence of a priest, and receive the assurance of pardon and the grace of absolution.  Click Here for more on Reconciliation

What is Holy Matrimony (wedding)? 

Holy Matrimony is Christian marriage, in which two individuals enter into a life-long union, make their vows before God and the Church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows.  Click Here for more on Holy Matrimony

What is Holy Unction (anointing the sick)?

Unction is the rite of anointing the sick with oil, or the laying on of hands, by which God's grace is given for the healing of spirit, mind, and body.  Click Here for more on Holy Unction

What is Holy Orders (ordination)? 

Ordination is the rite in which God gives authority and the grace of the Holy Spirit to those being made bishops, priests, and deacons, through prayer and the laying on of hands by bishops.  Click Here for more on Holy Orders

About Death & Dying (preparing and planning for time of death)

The church provides ministrations during the process of dying for you, your family and loved ones. Arrangements should be made prior to one's death. The parish office keeps a record of the arrangements on file. You should specify your service requests, such as specific hymns and special scripture readings to be done. Making prior arrangements helps your family through the grieving process. Click Here for more information