together simply means living out our Christian life in community. It is life
lived within the Church, the Body of Christ, in which the Christian fulfills
his or her vocation, talents, and calling. At St. Anne, we live life together
around the sacraments of the Church. A sacrament is “an outward and visible
sign of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means
by which we receive that grace.”
We thank you,
Father, for the water of Baptism. In it we are buried with Christ in his
death. By it we share in his resurrection. Through it we are reborn by
the Holy Spirit.
Sacrament of Holy Baptism—administered with water and “in the Name of
the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”—is initiation into
Christ’s Body the Church. The grace of Baptism is union with Jesus
Christ and his Church, forgiveness of sins, and new life in the Holy
Spirit. We celebrate Holy Baptism on designated feast days and other
scheduled Sundays (and a few Saturdays) throughout the year.
Renew in these
your servants the covenant you made with them at their Baptism. Send
them forth in the power of that Spirit to perform the service you set
is about strengthening the life of the baptized by the gifts of the
Holy Spirit; it is the completion of the initiation begun in Baptism.
The bishop of the diocese administers Confirmation by the laying on of
hands (and often anointing with chrism), and an invocation of the Holy
Spirit for strengthening and the gifts of grace. If Baptism is the
beginning of life in Christ, Confirmation strengthens us by the Holy
Spirit, by incorporating us more deeply into Christ and more closely
into his Body the Church.
Holy Communion is the central sacrament of our
life together. It has been wisely said that it is the source and summit of the
Christian life. During Communion we participate in Jesus’ suffering, death, and
glorious resurrection. Communion is a sacred and mysterious “meal” in which we
receive the Body and Blood of Jesus. We receive his life and are transformed
into his likeness.
is the sacrament that is both easy to understand and complex. On one hand,
reconciliation is the Good News that Jesus has done for us what we cannot do
for ourselves. He’s forgiven us our sins and given us a fresh start with God.
On the other hand, understanding how forgiveness works itself out in our daily
lives is a bit thorny. Reconciliation exists so that we can live into the power
of God’s forgiveness for ourselves and for those we find it hard to forgive.
Reconciliation, also called Confession, may be scheduled with Father David by
contacting him directly (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Holy unction, or healing, is the sacrament
whereby “the sick are anointed with oil, or the laying on of hands, by which
God’s grace is given for the healing of spirit, mind, and body. This is the
sacrament that gives us God’s grace to be continually renewed in body, mind,
Matrimony, or Christian marriage, is the sacrament “in which the woman and man
enter a life-long union, make their promises before God and the Church, and
receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their promises.”
first question a couple must answer is whether or not they desire a
Christian marriage or simply a place in which to be married.
is a risk that the nature and purpose of Christian marriage can be lost
when the church and the building are reduced to no more than a
beautiful setting for a service. It is vital for couples planning to be
married in the church to understand that Christian marriage assumes the
centrality of Jesus Christ and our life of discipleship in his life and
the life of his Church, both in the new relationship and throughout
their life together. The marriage liturgy itself is the beginning of
that remarkable journey.
you are seriously considering the implications involved in a Christian
marriage, are willing to reflect deeply on these matters prior to
marriage, and have determined that these can and will form your common
life, we look forward to working with you at Saint Anne
I am the
resurrection and the life, saith the Lord: he that believeth in me,
though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and
believeth in me shall never die.
the beginning of the Church’s life, Christian burial has been an
important and integral part of the life of the parish community. The
death and resurrection of Jesus Christ put an end to the power of death;
thus followers of Jesus believe that death is but the entrance to new
and eternal life with Him. We wait in joyful expectation for the
resurrection of the dead. Accordingly, Christians show a proper
reverence and respect for the body which awaits that resurrection.
burial is marked by three characteristics. First and foremost, it is an
act of worship wherein we glorify God for the gift of eternal life
offered in Jesus Christ our Lord. Second, it is a commitment of the one
we love to the mercies of God in the faith that He will preserve in
peace those who have died in the faith of Christ. Third, it is a time
when members of the Body of Christ gather in the context of worship to
comfort one another and to offer mutual assurance of God’s abiding love.
The liturgy is an offering in which joy and sorrow are mixed, for while
we say an earthly farewell, we know that the dead live in Christ. The
Holy Eucharist is most appropriate at the burial of a Christian, for in
Holy Communion we “proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1
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