Holy Baptism and Confirmation. Weddings and Funerals. The Church’s sacraments and liturgical rites help shape our lives’ most important moments.
Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as children and makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and inheritors of the reign of God. Because we believe baptism is a gift of God’s grace, we celebrate baptisms for people of every age. Baptismal vows are made on behalf of infants or young children by their parents and sponsors. Older children and adults make their own promises. Because baptism is the outward and visible action that connects a person to God in a covenant relationship, it belongs in public worship, rather than private ceremony. As such, baptisms are offered in the context of St. Margaret’s regular Sunday Eucharist service. At the service, members of the congregation renew their own baptismal vows and welcome the newly baptized into the community of faith.
Generally, baptisms take place at least four times a year at St. Margaret’s, on the days recommended in the Book of Common Prayer: All Saints’ Sunday in the fall, the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus in January, at the Great Vigil of Easter in the spring, and the Day of Pentecost in the early summer. To inquire for yourself or your child to be baptized at St. Margaret’s, contact our priest-in-charge, the Rev. Richard Weinberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Confirmation is the sacramental 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. Youth in middle or high school are invited to prepare for confirmation at St. Margaret’s as part of Sunday School classes. Similarly, adults are invited to prepare for confirmation by taking an annual inquirer’s class in the fall.
For adults who were confirmed in the Roman Catholic, Lutheran, or Orthodox traditions, but still would like to formally join the Episcopal Church, the process is slightly different. Because the Episcopal Church recognizes confirmations in these traditions, adults who are ready to join the Episcopal Church are received in a public worship service by a bishop, with the laying on of hands and special prayers.
Candidates for confirmation or reception are presented two times a year at the Diocese of Washington’s confirmation services at Washington National Cathedral. Contact the Rev. Richard Weinberg at email@example.com to register.
In the Episcopal Church, weddings celebrate Holy Matrimony as Christian marriage, in which two people enter into a lifelong union, make their vows before God and the Church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows. It is our Church’s joy to celebrate the weddings of all couples, including same-sex and interfaith couples. To be married at St. Margaret’s, at least one member of the couple must be baptized, and be an active member of a church–or actively exploring membership at a church, whether at St. Margaret’s or elsewhere. The wedding ceremony itself is a worship service that conforms to the liturgies approved for marriage in the Episcopal Church, and our clergy take great care in preparing each couple to be married at St. Margaret’s. To inquire about being married at St. Margaret’s, contact our priest-in-charge, the Rev. Richard Weinberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funerals and Interments
Funerals provide family and friends a service to celebrate and remember the life of a loved one who has died. In the Christian tradition, the liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all its meaning in the Resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we, too, shall be raised. This joy, however, does not make human grief unchristian. The very love we have for each other brings deep sorrow when we are parted by death. So, while we rejoice that the one we love has entered into the nearer presence of Christ, we sorrow in sympathy with those who mourn. St. Margaret’s clergy are available to support families in the planning of a loved one’s funeral, or to support someone in planning their own preferences for a funeral service before their death.
St. Margaret’s Columbarium provides a sacred final resting space for your or your loved one’s cremated remains. Space may be reserved with an application through the parish at any time, or when you’re planning your loved one’s service.
To inquire about planning a funeral service or interment at St. Margaret’s, contact our priest-in-charge, the Rev. Richard Weinberg at email@example.com.