Sacraments are an important part of the faith and worship life in the Episcopal Church and at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. The seven sacraments are Holy Baptism, The Holy Eucharist, Confirmation, Marriage, Confession, Anointing and Ordination.
Holy Baptism is offered five times each year: on the Feast of the Baptism (early January), the Easter Vigil (springtime), Pentecost (early summer), the Sunday after All Saints’ Day (early November) and on the occasion of the Bishop’s visitation. Baptismal instruction/preparation is required.
The Holy Eucharist is offered to all baptized Christians who repent of their sins and seek to be in love and charity with their neighbors.
Confirmation is available annually for those who complete a course of preparation, make a public affirmation of their faith and wish to receive the laying on of hands by the bishop.
Marriage in the Episcopal Church is a solemn and public covenant between a man and a woman in the presence of God. It is required that at least one of the parties must be a baptized Christian and that a minimum of 30 days notice be given to the clergy to allow for pre-marital preparation. At Trinity Cathedral marriages are primarily for members of the congregation and their families.
Confession of sin to God in the presence of a priest may be scheduled by appointment with the clergy.
Anointing of the sick for healing is offered on the first Sunday and first Wednesday of each month or by appointment.
Ordination to service as a bishop, priest or deacon requires discernment, preparation and affirmation by the wider Church. Lay persons too are ministers by virtue of their baptism and giftedness.