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Sacraments

Anointing of the Sick
The Anointing of the Sick is an act of healing through prayer and sacrament, conveyed on both the sick and the dying, where it is classically called Extreme Unction. The matter consists of laying on of hands and/or anointing with oil; while the form consists of prayers. In this sacrament, the priest acts as a mediator of Christ’s grace, and will frequently administer the consecrated bread (and sometimes wine) as a part of the sacramental action. To request a clergy visit you can contact the parish office, or contact the clergy directly after hours.

Baptism
The Episcopal Church recognizes and provides for infant baptism and for baptism of any person who desires to become a Christian. At Epiphany we keep with the traditional dates in the life of the church through the centuries - Easter, the day of Pentecost, All Saint's Day or the Sunday after All Saint's Day, the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (the first Sunday after the Epiphany). Baptismal instruction for children takes place on the Saturday morning preceding the scheduled Sunday service. For more information on baptism, please refer to the How to become a Member page.

Confirmation
Confirmation into the Episcopal Church is a rite in which one expresses a “mature commitment to Christ” and receives “strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.” Those interested in confirmation can be instructed in the Christian faith through an Inquirer’s Class which is offered at Epiphany in the fall. Confirmation at the hands of our Bishop, takes place annually on his visit to the parish. For more information on confirmation, please refer to the How to become a Member page.

Eucharist
The Eucharist (Holy Communion, Mass, or the Lord’s Supper), is the means by which Christ becomes present to the Christian community gathered in his name. It is the central act of gathered worship, renewing the Body of Christ as the Church through the reception of the Body of Christ as the Blessed Sacrament, his spiritual body and blood. The matter consists of bread and wine, and the form is the Eucharistic Prayer. In this sacrament, Christ is both encountered and incorporated. As such, the Eucharistic action looks backward as a memorial of Christ’s sacrifice, forward as a foretaste of the heavenly banquet, and to the present as an Incarnation of Christ in the lives of the community and of individual believers.

Funeral and Burial Arrangements

  • Funeral Prearranging: We strongly encourage members of the Parish to make their funeral arrangements in advance. This information is kept on file in our office. All information is confidential. You may find this planning form helpful.
  • Funeral Scheduling: Arrangements for a funeral or memorial service may be made by calling the church office or contacting the clergy. Members may choose to have their ashes interred in the Memorial Garden. For more information, see our Memorial Garden application.

Holy Matrimony**
The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony is both a joyous and solemn occasion during which vows are made before God and the company gathered in the church. Those interested in having their marriage blessed by entering into this sacrament are asked to speak with the clergy at least six months prior to their marriage to arrange a suitable date and schedule premarital counseling. Click here to view our Wedding Policies.

**Marriage Equality: In light of the Supreme Courts decision in favor of marriage equality on June 26, 2015, we realize many couples may not be members of our parish, or "qualify" per our policies. We very much want to be a part of your wedding day, and ensure you that God does too! Please contact the church and/or one of our clergy to start a conversation about having your wedding at Epiphany during these exciting times.

Holy Orders
Ordination, or Holy Orders, is the setting aside of individuals to specific ministries in the Church, namely that of deacon, priest, and bishop. The matter and form are the laying on of hands by a bishop and prayers. Originally, there were two orders: deacons and bishops; however, the expansion of the Church following its legitimization by Constantine the Great led to the development of the presbyterate. In this sense, priests are essentially delegates of the bishop to minister to congregations in which the bishop cannot be physically present. Deacons have always had the role of being “the church in the world,” administering to the pastoral needs of the community and assisting the priest in worship (usually by proclaiming the Gospel and “setting the table” of the altar). The bishop is the chief pastor of a diocese, and consecration as an archbishop does not involve transition into a new order, but rather signifies the taking on of additional Episcopal responsibilities as a metropolitan or primate.

Reconciliation of a Penitent (Confession)
Reconciliation of a Penitent or Penance, or Confession is the rite in which those who repent of their sins may confess them to God in the presence of a priest and receive the assurance of pardon and the grace of absolution. 'All may and none must’ make a confession is the standard of the Episcopal Church. Many prefer to make confessions during penitential seasons, such as Lent or Advent. Please talk privately with a member of the clergy for further information or to set up an appointment.

 
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