Weddings, Baptisms, Confirmations, & Funerals

Sacraments of the Church:  For additional information about any of the following ministries of the Church, please contact the parish office (phone: 947-0156 or e-mail the Rector).


Weddings: In Holy Matrimony, a man and woman enter into a life-long union of love, fidelity, respect, and mutual support.   In the celebration and blessing of a marriage, two people make their vows before God and the Church to receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill those vows.  At least one of the parties to a Marriage must have been Baptized. A couple wishing to be married must notify the Rector at least thirty days in advance of the date of the wedding so that requisite counseling and scheduling can occur.

 

Baptisms: Holy Baptism is the Rite of Initiation into the Body of Christ.  Baptisms are celebrated within the context of the Holy Eucharist and are most appropriately done on the days set forth in the Book of Common Prayer.  These days are: Easter Eve, Day of Pentecost, All Saints' Day, and the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (the first Sunday after Epiphany).

 

Confirmations: In the course of Christian development, those baptized at an early age are expected, when they are ready and have been duly prepared through instructional classes, to make a mature public affirmation of their Baptism and to receive the laying on of hands by the Bishop.  Those baptized as adults are also expected to make a public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism by receiving the laying on of hands.  This may be done at the time of Baptism, if a Bishop is available to perform the rite.

 

Funerals: The Burial of the Dead may include a celebration of Holy
Eucharist.  The liturgy for the Burial of the Dead is a resurrection liturgy characterized by a sense of the celebration of the life of the person who has died and is most appropriate to the occasion as well as affording comfort to the bereaved.  The death of a member should be communicated as soon as possible (preferably before calling the funeral director).