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St. James' Glastonbury
Episcopal Church

Sacraments

Sacraments and sacramental rites are the outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace. If you would like to receive the sacraments or participate in the sacramental rites of the church please contact the church office or a member of the clergy for more information. Below are some frequently asked questions about some of the sacraments and sacramental rites at our parish.

 

Q:  How does St. James' understand the sacrament of baptism?

A:  We see baptism as a milestone in each Christian's history of salvation, signifying our obedience to the commands of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Baptism we are initiated into the Body of Christ, the Church.

 

Q:  How do baptismal services work at St. James'?

A:  We hold our services of Baptism on Sunday morning in the presence of the gathered church family. This stresses that our fundamental commitment to God is public, not private, and we need the community of faith to live out our baptismal vows. Preparation with the clergy is necessary for baptism.

 

Q:  How is the sacrament of Confirmation celebrated at St. James'?

A:  When those who were baptized as infants or small children desire to publicly affirm the Lordship of Jesus Christ in their lives, they do so in the rite of Confirmation. Those wishing to reaffirm the Lordship of Jesus Christ in their lives may also participate in this rite; their part is called Reaffirmation. We encourage those who come to us from different denominations to participate in this rite, too.

 

Q:  How does St. James' handle requests of couples wishing to get married?

A:  Couples wishing to be married at St. James' should be connected to the life and ministry of the parish. Any couple wishing to be married must speak with a member of the clergy.

 

Q:  How does St. James' handle requests of people wishing to have their funeral at the parish?

A:  People who desire to have a funeral or memorial service at St. James' should be connected to the life and ministry of the parish. Pease speak with a member of the clergy for more information.