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Sacraments

Sacraments are outward and visible signs of God’s love and grace.  The two great Sacraments of the Church are the Holy Eucharist and Holy Baptism, which were given to the Church by Christ himself. The other sacramental rites which evolved in the Church over a period of time include confirmation, holy matrimony, reconciliation, and unction. 

The Holy Eucharist or Holy Communion is open to all baptized Christians who receive the sacrament in their own churches. If you do not wish to receive the bread or wine, you may come forward to the altar rail and cross your arms in front of your chest to signal that you want a blessing instead.

Holy Baptism   Baptisms are scheduled as needed except during the seasons of Advent and Lent.  Exceptionally good days for baptism are the Sunday in January celebrating the Baptism of our Lord, on Pentecost, on the day of the Bishop’s visit, and on All Saints Sunday in November.  Parents and sponsors (Godparents) are expected to attend a pre-baptism meeting in the church on the Saturday immediately preceding the baptism date.

Our Baptism information form can be found here:  Baptism_Information_Form.doc

Confirmation may take place during the Bishop’s annual visit or at the Cathedral on Diocesan Confirmation dates  A series of Foundations classes will be announced and held prior to the Confirmation.

Holy Unction or Anointing for Healing is available in case of accident, illnesses, or hospitalization; please notify the parish office as soon as possible. The priest will visit either in home or hospital and offer anointing and prayers for healing. The parish also has a team of Lay Eucharistic Visitors who are licensed to take the consecrated bread and wine after the Sunday services to those unable to attend.

Reconciliation of a Penitent or Confession is available for all who desire it by contacting the rector. It is especially appropriate during the Lenten season, but may be requested at any time.

Holy Matrimony Either the bride or the groom, or a member of their immediate family, must be a member of Abingdon in order to be married in the church. The availability of the church for a wedding may be determined by calling the rector. Premarital counseling is required by the canons of the Episcopal Church. In the case of a divorced person who wishes to remarry, permission from the Bishop is required. There is a fee for weddings held in the church

Wedding Policies and Procedures:  Wedding_Policies_and_Procedures.pdf

 Other services: Christian Burial The priest is available for pastoral counseling before and at the time of death, and arrangements for funerals can be made then. There is no fee for funerals; however, the cost of the altar flowers, the services of the sexton, and any musician is expected.  Members of Abingdon and their immediate family members may purchase the right to bury in the Abingdon grave yard.  There are areas appropriate for full body burial as well as for the interment of cremated remains. Arrangements may be made at the time of need by the next of kin, or arrangements may be made ahead of need by contacting the Cemetery Committee.