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Baptisms

Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which one becomes a Christian, a member of the Body Christ, a partner with Christ in the world of saving the world, and an inheritor of the Kingdom of God.

It's an event of importance and celebration both for the individual Christian and for the whole church.  Parents and godparents who present children for baptism discover that their participation has a profound effect on their own spiritual lives. Adults who come to be baptized experience this as a crucial step in their journey of faith.  At least one parent or God Parent of a child being baptized is required to be Baptized themselves.  Adults who wish to be baptized must do so with the intention of becoming a member of Epiphany Parish.  Baptisms are celebrated several times throughout the year, on Sunday mornings, during the 10:00AM service.  Adults desiring to be baptized undergo a course of study in the weeks leading up to their baptism. 

In 2017 baptism will be offered on Sunday, January 8 at 10:00am; Sunday, June 4 at 9:30am; and Sunday, November 5 at 10:00am. 

Holy Matrimony is Christian Marriage, in which two people 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.

"Should we be married in a church?"  At this point this may sound like an odd question, but we ask it now because a wedding in a church is not merely a festive and lovely occasion to which an imposing building lends dignity and grandeur.  It is a service of worship in which a couple participates in a sacrament.  They make their covenant before God and receive the power and blessing of God in the grace to keep their vows with fidelity and steadfast love all the days of their lives.  If you understand and seek to undertake marriage as a lifelong union supported by God's grace, blessed by the church, conformed to the Church's teaching, and lived out in the community of God's faithful people, then a marriage ceremony in a church is appropriate for you.

Epiphany Parish is available for marriage ceremonies when at least one of the persons to be married is a member of the parish, is an immediate family member of a parishioner, or is interested exploring membership at Epiphany.  In addition, the following conditions apply:

  • One of the two persons to be married must be a baptized Christian.
  • The form of service is according to The Book of Common Prayer.
  • The bride and groom must enter into a pastoral relationship with the officiating priest at least six months prior to the wedding date.  They will meet 3-5 times to prepare for the lifelong covenant of marriage and to plan the service.
  • When either one of the persons or both of them are divorced, the officiating priest must apply for the Bishop's permission to perform the marriage.  This requires special premarital counseling by the officiating priest and the completion of application materials by both the bride and the groom.  If either or both of the persons have been divorced twice, then special professional counseling is required before the Bishop's permission can be given.

For more information on being married at Epiphany Parish, please contact the Reverend Christen Mills at christen.epiphany@gmail.com or call the parish office, 508-668-2353.

 

Other Services

The Church ritualizes this engagement of God with sacraments and blessings that communicate the inward and spiritual grace with which God blesses us.  These outward and visible signs are sure and certain means by which God's grace is given.  These signs are Sacraments, ritual acts of the church which express the mystical connection between God and God's people.  

Jesus Christ instituted two Sacraments: Holy Baptism and the Holy Eucharist.  Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit other Sacramental Rites and Blessings were developed for the strengthening of the faithful and the nurture of the Church.  These differ from sacraments principally in that they are not necessary for all persons in the same way that Holy Baptism and the Holy Eucharist are.  The five other sacramental rites are Confirmation, Ordination, Marriage, Reconciliation of the Penitent, and Healing/Unction.  Epiphany Parish celebrates these sacraments within the life of the parish along with burial and memorial services.

 

Funerals and Memorial Services 

The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy.  It finds all its meaning in the resurrection.  Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we, too, shall be raised.  The liturgy, therefore, is characterized by joy, in the certainty that "neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8)

This joy, however, does not make human grief un-Christian. The very love we have for each other in Christ brings deep sorrow when we are parted by death.  Jesus himself wept at the grave of his friend.  So, while we rejoice that the one we love has entered into the nearer presence of our Lord, we join in sorrow and sympathy with those who mourn.

Baptized Christians are properly buried from the Church.  The service should be held at a time when the congregation has an opportunity to be present.  As far as the Church is concerned there is no difference between having the body present in a casket or as ashes in an urn.  The casket is to be closed before the service, and it remains closed thereafter.  It is appropriate that it be covered with a pall.

Only after a consultation with the parish office and clergy should funeral notices be written, readers invited to participate in the service, or reception arrangements made.

 

Home Communion

For those who are unable to attend church due to illness or physical challenges, arrangements can be made to have a Communion service at home.  Please contact the church office (office.epiphany@verizon.net or 508-668-2353) if you would like further information on this ministry or to sign up to receive Home Communion.

 

Prayer Chain

Waking or sleeping, each of us experiences times when we need to "pray without ceasing".  Such times are appropriate to call the church and ask to have the prayer chain started.

The Pastoral Care Committee has created an e-mail and phone relay system which notifies members of the Prayer Chain of urgent prayer requests.  A request for constant prayer is given to the Rector who alerts the Prayer Chain administrator.  E-mails and phone calls go out through the chain.  Prayers are offered on behalf of the person who has made the request.  The people are praying to provide a circle of comfort to someone in need.

If you would like to help in this ministry or if you would like to notify the Prayer Chain of a prayer need, please contact the church office at 508-668-2353 or email office.epiphany@verizon.net.

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