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Sacraments & Rites

Sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means for receiving God's grace. A Rite is a form for religious ceremony and expresses the church's relationship with God through words, actions, and symbols.

Baptism and Eucharist are the two great sacraments given by Christ to his church. (BCP, pp. 857-858). The Episcopal Church recognizes that five other sacramental rites evolved in the church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, including Confirmation, Ordination, Holy Matrimony, Reconciliation of a Penitent (sometimes called "Confession") and Unction (the anointing of the sick with oil, or the laying on of hands) (BCP, pp. 860-861).

Parishioners or others seeking Baptism, Confirmation, Ordination, Holy Matrimony, Reconciliation of a Penitent or Unction should schedule an appointment with a member of the clergy to discuss the expectations for preparation.


Ministration at the time of death is sometimes called "Last Rites." When a person is near death, a member of the St. Peter's clergy should be notified so the ministrations of the church may be provided.

The Funeral Rite is available to all who desire it, regardless of membership at St. Peter's. Parishioners should do some advance planning and the clergy are available to assist with that. A member of the clergy should be notified as soon as possible following a death so that arrangements can be made for the liturgy. This document is helpful in planning a funeral at St. Peter's. 

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