Church of the Holy Redeemer

Worship

Worship is the center of the life of the Church of the Holy Redeemer. From the beginning, Holy Redeemer has been a high church parish or what is also known as an Anglo-Catholic. Being an Anglo-Catholic parish, the principal worship service includes both the Scriptures and Holy Communion each week. Also, our worship is rich in symbolism and appeals to all the human senses. This includes participating in the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion, the wearing of colorful vestments, the singing of hymns, psalms and spiritual songs, and the use of incense.  There is a deep appreciation for arts and music and how they aid our worship.  This also includes a wonderful liturgical dance group that performs a number of times each year.

During the school year, our principal service is at 10:00 a.m.  During the summer, our principal service is at 9:00 a.m. Please consult the home page to confirm service times.

The two great and central sacraments of the Church are Baptism and Holy Communion.

Baptism:  People begin their spiritual journey with Christ and become members of the Body of Christ through the sacrament of Baptism. All people are encouraged to receive the sacrament of Baptism. Through baptism, we are united with Christ in his death and in his resurrection. The Episcopal Church has followed the ancient custom of baptizing infants and children believing that it is God who acts in baptism and not us.  Adults that desire to be baptized are encouraged to go through a formation process and to be confirmed at the same time.

Holy Communion: Our life in Christ is sustained each week as we gather around the Altar to share Holy Communion. We believe that the Wine and Bread offered each week becomes the Real Presence of Christ’s Body and Blood.  Therefore, we believe that Christ is really present with us when we break bread and share the wine together.

There are five additional sacraments recognized by the Episcopal Church: Confirmation, Ordination, Holy Matrimony, Reconciliation of the Penitent (confession) and Unction.

Confirmation: Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through Prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.

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.

Holy Matrimony: Holy Matrimony is Christian marriage, in which woman and man enter into a life-long union, make their vows before God and the Church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows.

Reconciliation of a Penitent (or confession): Reconciliation of a Penitent is the rite in which those who repent of their sins may confess them to God in the presence of a priest, and receive the assurance of pardon and the grace of absolution.

Unction of the Sick: Unction is the rite of anointing the sick with oil, or the laying on of hands, by which God’s grace is give for the healing of spirit, mind and body.