Sacraments & Pastoral Services

David at Altar Rail

According to The Book of Common Prayer, “the sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace.” (p. 857).  While Holy Baptism and the Holy Eucharist are considered the two sacraments of the Gospel, tradition has generally acknowledged Confirmation, Holy Matrimony, Holy Orders, the Healing Rite, and Reconciliation of a Penitent as sacraments, or sacramental rites, of the Church.

 

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.” (BCP, p. 858).  At Redeemer, baptisms typically occur within the context of the Holy Eucharist on Sunday, ideally on one of the days recommended by The Book of Common Prayer: The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ (The First Sunday after the Epiphany), Easter Eve (The Great Vigil of Easter), the Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday, and All Saints’ Day (or the Sunday after All Saints’ Day).  If you are interested in baptism for yourself or your children, please contact a member of the parish clergy.

 

The Holy Eucharist, also known as the Mass, Holy Communion, and the Lord’s Supper, the principal act of Christian worship, is celebrated on Sunday at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m., and Wednesday, at 12:00 p.m.  All who seek a deeper relationship with God in Jesus Christ are welcome to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion at the Lord’s Table.  If you or your children are interested in learning more about the Holy Eucharist, or participating in a period of preparation for first reception of the Sacrament, please contact a member of the parish clergy.

 

Confirmation, the rite in which candidates “express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by the bishop” (BCP, p. 860) typically takes place at the twice-yearly diocesan Confirmation liturgy at Washington National Cathedral.  For more information, please contact a member of the parish clergy.

 

Holy Matrimony, or Marriage, is available for Redeemer parishioners and others.  If you are planning to be married and are considering the possibility of marriage at The Church of the Redeemer, please contact a member of the parish clergy to learn about the requirements for marriage in the parish and Episcopal Diocese of Washington.  NOTE: In accordance with state law and diocesan guidelines, the clergy of The Church of the Redeemer are pleased to offer the sacramental rite of marriage to same-sex couples. Redeemer Wedding Customary

 

Holy Orders: Those who are discerning a call to the ordained ministry are encouraged to read the diocesan Discernment Manual and to speak with a member of the parish clergy.

 

The Healing Rite, prayers for healing of body, mind, or spirit for you or someone you love, is available within the context of the Holy Eucharist on the third Sunday of the month, at the conclusion of the monthly service in the style of Taizé, and by appointment.  For more information, please contact a member of the parish clergy.

 

Reconciliation of a Penitent, also known as Confession or Penance, “the rite in which those who repent of their sins may confess them to God in the presence of a priest, and receive assurance of pardon and the grace of absolution” (BCP, p. 861), is available by appointment. Please contact a member of the parish clergy.

 

Funerals and Liturgies for the Burial of the Dead are available for parishioners and others.  To learn more, please contact a member of the parish clergy.