Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which one becomes a Christian and a member of the Church. All ministry originates in baptism. Therefore, living out one’s baptism is at the heart of our life together.
Also known as the Lord’s Supper, or Holy Communion, the Eucharist is “the sacrament commanded by Christ for the continual remembrance of his life, death, and resurrection, until his coming again.” The Book of Common Prayer, p. 859.
In the Episcopal Church, all baptized Christians, whatever your denomination, are invited to receive the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist at our altar. At All Saint’s, we celebrate the Eucharist weekly, believing that it gives us the spiritual food we need to sustain us in our spiritual journeys.
Anointing the Sick, or Unction
“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.” The Book of Common Prayer, p. 859.
This sacrament exists for the purpose of healing — to restore a person to physical, emotional and spiritual wholeness. When we anoint and pray for people, we ask God to release them from anything that prevents a person from being whole. Christians recognize that there is a difference between being healed and being cured. In the sacrament of Unction, we pray for healing and wholeness, which may or may not include a cure.
In Confirmation, a baptized Christian makes “a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.” (The Book of Common Prayer, p. 857) It completes the initiation rite that began at baptism by transferring responsibility for the promises made at baptism from the sponsors to the one being confirmed. One can be confirmed whenever he or she is ready to accept that responsibility; usually this happens during adolescence if one is raised in a church. Confirmation expresses not only a desire to live as an adult Christian, it also indicates a desire to do so in the Episcopal Church and the world-wide Anglican Communion.
“Holy Matrimony is Christian marriage, in which the woman and man 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.” The Book of Common Prayer, p. 859.
Simply stated, the purpose of marriage is to give life and love to the world. A married couple, by the way they fulfill their marriage vows, will love, honor and nurture each other. But in Christian marriage, the relationship is also meant to be for others — an example (or an icon) of what it means to be loving and faithful to another human being.
At the Time of Death