The Sacraments

In the Episcopal Church, we take part in certain regular acts of prayer and worship. These are called Sacraments and are a participation in Christ’s ministries on earth. God’s activity and presence are not limited to these rites, but the church recognizes them as markers of the countless ways in which God uses material things to reach out to us. The Sacraments are intended to sustain our present hope and anticipate its future fulfillment. The Book of Common Prayer names the sacraments as “outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace”.

Holy Baptism

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. Baptisms at St. James are typically held on Sunday mornings throughout the year. The principle baptism days of the Church calendar include the Baptism of Jesus (January), Easter Vigil (Saturday night before Easter), Pentecost (50 days after Easter), and All Saints (first Sunday in November). Other opportunities are made throughout the year as well. To learn more about baptism, or to sign up for an upcoming baptism, please contact Monica Dugas by emailing mdugas@stjamesbr.org or by contacting a member of the clergy.

Holy Eucharist

The Holy Eucharist is the sacrament of Christ’s body and blood commanded by him for the continual remembrance of his life, death, and resurrection, until his coming again. The Holy Eucharist, also called “the Mass”, “Holy Communion”, “The Divine Liturgy”, or the “Lord’s Supper”, is celebrated each Sunday. By it, we are strengthened in our union with Christ and one another and given a foretaste of the heavenly banquet.

Confirmation

Confirmation is the sacrament by which an individual expresses a mature commitment of faith in Christ and receives strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop. Those who have been confirmed in another denomination may be received into the Episcopal Church. Each year Adult and Youth Confirmation classes are scheduled in preparation for the Bishop’s visit. 

During the 2021 Lenten season, St. James will offer classes for both youth and adults who wish to be formally confirmed or received into The Episcopal Church. For youth, confirmation is available to those in 8th grade or beyond. Youth and parents of youth may contact Haley Schroeck (hschroeck@stjamesbr.org) to sign up or with further questions. 

 A separate class will run for adults who desire to be confirmed or received. Contact Fr. Drew Harmon (dharmon@stjamesbr.org) to sign up or with further questions.

Holy Matrimony

St. James Episcopal Church honors the union of two persons in heart, mind, and body through the sacrament of Holy Matrimony. The Episcopal marriage rite is noted for being both solemn and joyous. If you are engaged and would like to explore celebrating your marriage at St. James, please contact Monica Dugas by emailing mdugas@stjamesbr.org or contact a member of the clergy.

Ordination

Ordination is the rite in which God gives authority and the grace of the Holy Spirit to those being made bishops, priests, and deacons, through prayer and the laying on of hands by bishops.

Reconciliation of a Penitent

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, receiving the assurance of pardon and grace of absolution. Those interested may contact a member of the clergy to schedule.

Unction

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 mind, body, and spirit. It is administered upon request.