St. Mary's on the Highlands Episcopal Church
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Sacraments and Sacramental Rites
Central to Episcopal/Anglican worship is the celebration of the Holy Eucharist (also called the Holy Communion, the Lord's Supper or the Mass). The Holy Eucharist is the sacrament commanded by Christ for the continual remembrance of his life, death, and resurrection, until his coming again. The Eucharist, the Church's sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, is the way by which the sacrifice of Christ is made present, and in which he unites us to his one offering of Himself.
In the Episcopal Church all Baptized Christians of all ages are invited to the Lord's Table for Holy Communion. Confirmation is not a prerequisite for admission to Holy Communion. A child who is baptized and sincerely interested is welcome to receive Holy Communion with parental consent, regardless of his or her age.
Episcopalians celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism: Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body, the Church. Infant Baptism in the context of Sunday morning worship is the normative practice of the Episcopal Church. Baptism makes one a Christian, not an Episcopalian, and for that reason we do not re-baptized a person who has been baptized with water in the name of the Trinity and who wishes to enter the Episcopal Church from another Christian denomination.
Every candidate for Baptism should have at least one sponsor. Sponsors must be baptized Christians. At St. Mary's, following the direction of The Book of Common Prayer, administrations of Baptism are scheduled for Easter Eve, Pentecost, All Saints' Day and The Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord (1st Sunday of Epiphany). Baptism is especially appropriate at these times, but may be scheduled and administered at other times as well.
If you would like more information about Baptism, please contact the Rev. Geoffrey P. Evans at 933-1140, ext. 110, or click here to email Geoff.
Episcopalians celebrate other sacramental rites, including Confirmation, Reconciliation, Marriage, Anointing of the Sick and Ordination.