SACRAMENTS AND RITES
The sacrament of Holy Eucharist is celebrated regularly at All Souls'. In this sacrament, we become one body in Jesus Christ our Lord as we receive the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ through the sharing of bread and wine. For information about our weekly services, you can visit our Worship Services page.
"Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body the Church.
The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble" (1979 BCP p. 298)
At All Souls' we reserve Baptisms, as far as possible, to the celebrations designated as especially appropriate for Baptism: the Easter Vigil, the Day of Pentecost, All Saints Day (or the Sunday after All Saints Day), the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (the First Sunday after Epiphany), and during the bishop's visitation.
If you are interested in baptism, please contact the church office to schedule an appointment.
"In the course of the Christian development, those baptized at an early age are expected to, when they are ready and have been duly prepared, to make a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and to receive the laying on of hands by the bishop." (1979 BCP p. 412)
At All Souls' we offer Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows each and every time the bishop visits our parish. The weeks leading up to the bishop's visit will provide ample opportunity for preparation. Youth confirmation classes are offered which explore scripture, tradition, theology, ethics, and spirituality. Adult preparation usually takes the form of Sunday morning forums in which the history, tradition, and policy of the Episcopal Church are discussed. If you are interested in Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows, please schedule an appointment with the church office.
All Souls' is a beautiful venue for the blessing of your marriage and are generally reserved for members of this church community, their families and friends, and for those who living in the local area who intend to make All Souls' their church home. Weddings may also be performed for couples who are members of an Episcopal Church in another diocese. That said, exceptions can be made and we would be happy to consider your request. No weddings will be performed from Ash Wednesday through Easter unless under circumstances discussed with and approved by the Rector.
For all marriages, at least one of the parties must be a baptized Christian. In the case of remarriage, at least one party must be an Episcopalian. All weddings at All Souls' are under the direction of the Rector or staff and any decisions about the wedding must be made in consultation with them.If you are interested in having your wedding at All Souls' please contact the church office.
The death of a loved one is a difficult reality to bear. The Burial Office offered in the Episcopal Church focuses on the promise we have in Christ to be heirs of God's kingdom in the resurrection. The funeral is not intended to be a life celebration but to embrace the reality of a loved one seen no more and to celebrate in their new life in the world to come. All Souls' is honored to assist you and your family in these difficult times. We provide these services for members of our parish as well as those in the wider community. Please contact the church office to discuss funeral guidelines and schedule an appointment. (The only fees associate with a funeral include honorariums for musicians and costs associated with the use of the parish hall for a reception following the service, if desired.)