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 and to download a Baptism Information form, click the button below.
Baptismal Dates for 2020
Holy Baptism is offered for adults, infants and children during the morning services on the following dates:
January 5, 2020
Feast of the Epiphany/Bishop’s Visit 4:00 p.m.
January 12, 2020
Feast of the Baptism of our Lord
April 12, 2020
The Easter Vigil 6:00 a.m. sunrise service
May 31, 2020
The Sunday of Pentecost
November 1, 2020
All Saints' Sunday
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 contact the office.
FUNERALS AND MEMORIAL SERVICES
A death in the family can be reported to any of the clergy, or the parish office. Members may choose to have their ashes interred in the Memorial Garden.
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.
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.
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.
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.