Sacraments at Calvary
The sacraments of the church are central parts of the worship life of Calvary. Each Sunday, we celebrate the Holy Eucharist. A sacrament is, "an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace." Human beings are mind, body, and spirit - one being. The sacraments are ways that God gives us grace that we can see, taste and touch. Below you will find excerpts from the Catechism in the Book of Common Prayer for each sacrament at Calvary.
Holy Baptism is the first sacrament of the Church. In it we are joined with Christ in his death and resurrection and are made part of his body. If you are interested in Baptism, for yourself or a child, please contact the church office to discuss arrangements.
Q. What is Holy Baptism?
A. Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ's Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God.
Q. What is the outward and visible sign in Baptism?
A. The outward and visible sign in Baptism is water, in which the person is baptized in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Q. What is the inward and spiritual grace in Baptism?
A. The inward and spiritual grace in Baptism is union with Christ in his death and resurrection, birth into God's family the Church, forgiveness of sins, and new life in the Holy Spirit.
Q. What is required of us at Baptism?
A. It is required that we renounce Satan, repent of our sins, and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
Q. Why then are infants baptized?
A. Infants are baptized so that they can share citizenship in the Covenant, membership in Christ, and redemption by God.
Q. How are the promises for infants made and carried out?
A. Promises are made for them by their parents and sponsors, who guarantee that the infants will be brought up within the Church, to know Christ and be able to follow him.
The Holy Eucharist
All baptized Christians are encouraged to receive the Holy Communion whenever it is offered. At Calvary we celebrate the Eucharist three times on Sunday and at least twice during the week.
Q. What is the Holy Eucharist?
A. The Holy Eucharist is the sacrament commanded by Christ for the continual remembrance of his life, death, and resurrection, until his coming again.
Q. Why is the Eucharist called a sacrifice?
A. Because the Eucharist, the Church's sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, is the way by which the sacrifice of Christ is made present, and in which he unites us to his one offering of himself.
Q. By what other names is this service known?
A. The Holy Eucharist is called the Lord's Supper, and Holy Communion; it is also known as the Divine Liturgy, the Mass, and the Great Offering.
Q. What is the outward and visible sign in the Eucharist?
A. The outward and visible sign in the Eucharist is bread and wine, given and received according to Christ's command.
Q. What is the inward and spiritual grace given in the Eucharist?
A. The inward and spiritual grace in the Holy Communion is the Body and Blood of Christ give to his people, and received by faith.
Q. What are the benefits which we receive in the Lord's Supper?
A. The benefits we receive are the forgiveness of our sins, the strengthening of our union with Christ and one another, and the foretaste of the heavenly banquet which is our nourishment in eternal life.
Q. What is required of us when we come to the Eucharist?
A. It is required that we should examine our lives, repent of our sins, and be in love and charity with all people.
Confirmation preparation at Calvary involves a youth or adult candidate making a commitment to following Christ. If are coming from another Christian denomination, you may be a candidate for reception into the Episcopal Church. Please contact the church office if you wish to become confirmed or received in the Episcopal Church
Q. What is Confirmation?
A. Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.
Q. What is required of those to be confirmed?
A. It is required of those to be confirmed that they have been baptized, are sufficiently instructed in the Christian Faith, are penitent for their sins, and are ready to affirm their confession of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
Therefore marriage is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, deliberately, and in accordance with the purposes for which it was instituted by God. (The Book of Common Prayer, p. 424.)
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Q. What is Holy Matrimony?
A. 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.
Reconciliation of a Penitent
Reconciliation, more commonly known as confession, is a sacrament in which a person may confess their sins to God and receive absolution given by a priest. It is never required, but can be particularly reassuring to receive absolution and counsel from a priest. Contact the Rector for an appointment for hearing confessions.
Q. What is Reconciliation of a Penitent?
A. Reconciliation of a Penitent, or Penance, is the rite in which those who repent of their sins may confess them to God in the presence of a priest, and receive the assurance of pardon and the grace of absolution.
Unction of the Sick
Unction is a sacrament that involves prayer and anointing for healing. We offer one healing service each week on Thursdays.
Q. What is Unction of the Sick?
A. Unction is the rite of anointing the sick with oil, or the laying on of hands, by which God's grace is given for the healing of spirit, mind, and body.