Sacraments

"Sacraments,” the Book of Common Prayer tells us, “are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace." The two great sacraments given by Christ to his Church are Holy Baptism and the Holy Eucharist. Other sacramental rites include confirmation, ordination, matrimony, reconciliation (private confession), and unction (the anointing with oil of those who are sick or dying, or the laying on of hands).

St. James offers special instruction to help participants (and in the case of infant baptism, parents) prepare for baptism, confirmation, and matrimony.

Baptism

At St. James, Holy Baptism is administered to infants, children, and adults, most often during the Eucharist on a Sunday.

Confirmation or Reception

At confirmation, Christians baptized at an early age recommit to the promises make a mature public affirmation of their faith.

Weddings

Marriage is a way of ordering our lives so that we might learn to be more faithful servants of Christ.

Reconciliation, Healing, and Unction

We practice confession and anointing and laying on of hands for healing of mind, body, and spirit.

Funerals

We encourage people to meet with our clergy and make their funeral preparations long before they will be needed.
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