Rites

Rites

 

Baptism

Over the years we celebrate many important events through liturgical rites and sacraments.  Our clergy, staff, and parishioners work closely together to support church members and their families as they participate in these Episcopal rites and special services throughout their lives. 

Holy Baptism – Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s body.  It is administered for children or adults within the context of the Eucharist as the chief service on a Sunday or other major feast day.  Each candidate is to be sponsored by one or more baptized persons.  Instruction in the meaning of Baptism and living the Christian life is required for all adult candidates and parents/godparents of child candidates.

Confirmation – Confirmation represents a public affirmation of personal faith.  In the Episcopal tradition, Confirmation is always performed by a bishop as a way to acknowledge “apostolic succession” – that is, the presence of bishops guiding the church from the earliest days, centuries ago.  Those joining the Episcopal Church from other Christian traditions are asked to participate in our Children’s Confirmation Class or Adult Inquirers’ Class and be “Received” by the bishop during the bishop’s visitation.

The Holy Eucharist – Holy Communion is open to all baptized Christians who receive communion in their own churches.

The Celebration and Blessing of Marriage – The Sacrament of Marriage (Holy Matrimony) is a solemn public covenant between a man and a woman in the presence of God.  Likewise, the blessing of a same-sex union invites the couple and the whole church to renew our commitment to the Baptismal Covenant.  In the Episcopal Church at least one of the parties is expected to be a baptized/confirmed member in good standing.  Premarital counseling with a member of our clergy is required of all couples who wish to be married at All Saints.

Ministry to the Sick – In case of illness or injury, members are asked to notify the church office.  Clergy and Eucharistic Visitors set a time to visit and/or bring Holy Communion as appropriate.

Christian Burial – Members of the church are appropriately buried from the church.  Our Clergy desire to be helpful to families during these times of loss and grief.  Please contact a member of the clergy as soon as possible after a death has occurred.  This will allow for pastoral support and for the planning of a Service of Christian Burial or a memorial Service.