Ceremonies of Life

 

Baptism:  our full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body, the Church.

The Eucharist, Mass, or Holy Communion:  Christ comes to us bringing good news of God's grace.  He has inaugurated for us a sacred meal; he summons us to have communion with him through hearing and responding to Holy Scripture and by sharing consecrated bread and wine.

Confirmation:  We make an adult profession of faith by publicly taking on our baptismal covenant and receiving the laying on of hands by the bishop.

Holy Orders or Ordination:  the public commissioning of persons for the ministries of deacon, priest, or bishop.

Reconcilliation of a Penitent:  one-on-one confession to and pronouncement of absolution by a priest.

Anointing:  No longer reserved only for the time of death, anointing with oil is also part of every healing service. Matrimony:  a solemn and public covenant between a man and a woman in the presence of God.  In the Episcopal Church at least one of the parties must be a baptized Christian.

 

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