Marriage, Baptism & Burial

Marriage

Christian marriage is a service of worship.  The Prayer Book titles the service The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage.  The word celebration expresses the joy that charactarizes the event and its public and corporate nature.  The word blessing is a reminder of the solemn, religious context of this holy covenant.  In the wedding service, the bride and groom promise in God’s name to be faithful to each other for life.  The congregation commits to support the couple and prays that God will strengthen and guide them in their life together.  The priest proclaims God’s blessing upon them.  The sacred nature of the service and the solemnity of the promises made by the couple influence the decisions to be made about the wedding.

Baptism & Confirmation

Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body.  It is a public statement of one’s intentional decision to follow the way of Jesus.  In the case of infant baptism, it is the parents’ declaration of their intent to raise a child in the way of Jesus.  The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble, so baptism is only administered once.  When you choose to be baptized yourself or to have your child baptized in the Episcopal Church, it means that you are choosing to live out the Baptismal Covenant in the context of an Episcopal church community, taking your part in the worship, mission and ministries of the local parish.

If you are new to the Episcopal Church and have already been baptized in another denomination, you may wish to renew your faith life.  If this is the case, you may be Received or Confirmed in the Episcopal Church, rites which the All Souls clergy can help you learn about and discern whether they are appropriate for you.  Whereever you come from and whatever your faith background, All Souls’ welcomes you!

Funeral Services

A death should be reported as soon as possible to the clergy of All Souls.  All arrangements for burial services are made in consultation with the clergy.  Burial services follow the rites authorized by the Episcopal Church.