The Episcopal Church offers a liturgy for almost every occasion. We mark significant life transitions by turning to God in prayer and worship. Many of these special occasions are sacraments in our church and require intentional and careful preparation. You need not be an Episcopalian to request these services at Holy Comforter, although the preparation and liturgy will be distinct to our faith tradition. Contact our Rector, The Reverend Kim Seidman, if you would like to learn more.
Baptism marks a significant and official moment in our spiritual journey. Someone seeks baptism when they can begin to accept God's love as expressed in Jesus Christ, and feel drawn to respond to that love by making vows of lifelong commitment.
Some are baptized as infants, others as youth or adults. Those too young to make their own promises are presented by parents and godparents who make vows on their behalf. Those baptized join a vast community of saints, living and dead - past, present, and future - who are the body of Christ in this world. We live no longer for ourselves, but for Christ who died and rose for us.
We celebrate the sacrament of baptism on major feast days in our church calendar: All Saints in the fall, the Great Vigil of Easter in the spring, and Pentecost in early summer.
Confirmation is another sacrament in our church, when adults (16+) go before the Bishop to confirm their baptismal vows and receive prayer for the strengthening of their faith. Confirmation is a symbol of Christian unity: no matter where or by whom we were baptized, in this service we all come together, renew our baptismal covenant, and receive the same laying on of hands by our Bishop.
This annual service, scheduled for April 27 this year, is an opportunity for those baptized as young children, adults recently baptized, or Christians baptized in other traditions to officially join the Episcopal Church. Those already confirmed by Roman Catholic, Orthodox, or Lutheran Bishops are received at the same service.
The celebration and blessing of a marriage join together a man and woman in lifelong covenant. In this sacrament, we catch a glimpse of God's love and devotion for us in the promises exchanged between husband and wife.
Preparation for this service is unique to each couple. Whether a first marriage, a remarriage, or the blessing of a civil marriage, we would be honored to celebrate with you.
The death of someone we love is painful, and Holy Comforter strives to live into its namesake when people suffer loss. Our burial service is an Easter liturgy: it finds all its meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we, too, shall be raised; however, our faith in the resurrection does not make human grief unchristian. The love we feel for each other brings deep sorrow when we are parted by death. So, while we celebrate someone entering into the nearer presence of God, we sorrow with those who mourn.
It takes some preparation to say good-bye well. Some may wish to pre-plan their funeral, and for some death comes without warning. Whatever the circumstances of loss, we will walk with you through the valley of the shadow of death.