Experiencing liturgy as worship
Liturgical worship leads us to Christ.
Our worship is more than ornamental. We believe that ritual and ceremony have the ability to speak more clearly and with greater volume than words alone. By participating in worship we become a part of a community that seeks to know and make Christ known.
The Sacraments are used by God to transform our hearts and minds.
Through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, one is fully initiated into the Christian church and joined mystically to Jesus Christ and fellow Christians. Those interested in Baptism are asked to contact a member of the clergy for further information. See also the BCP Catechism, 858-859.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is an outward commitment to the faith and to what God is doing in the hearts of the confirmands. Confirmation classes take place routinely. Please speak with clergy if you are interested in being confirmed. See also the BCP Catechism, 860.
All persons who have been baptized are welcome to receive the bread and wine. The receiving of Holy Communion for the first time is a special event. Please call the church office to set up an appointment for consultation and instruction. See also the BCP Catechism, 859-860.
Sacramental anointing with oil may accompany prayers for healing and the laying on of hands. The Wednesday evening Mass is complemented by anointing with oil. This is an outward sign of God’s active presence for healing, initiation, or ordination. The newly baptized may use oil while signing with the cross to signify they are sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked as Christ’s own forever. See also the BCP Catechism, 861.
The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony allows for individual spiritual growth as a result of a couple’s deliberate life together as Christians. Regular Sunday attendance is an expectation of all who wish their marriage solemnized at the Church of the Advent. Contact a member of the clergy for more information. See also the BCP Catechism, 861.
Ordained ministries include bishops, priests, and deacons. Candidates for these ministries are “admitted to these sacred orders by solemn prayer and the laying on of episcopal hands” (BCP 510). See also the BCP Catechism, 860-861.
Christians are called to a discipline of regular repentance, and the church exhorts the faithful to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation to assure us of the absolution of our sins and the continual consolation of the Holy Spirit. See also the BCP Catechism, 861.
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This Customary sets forth our ceremonial as it has evolved over the last thirty years.
Liturgical worship preserves our sacred traditions.
The Advent’s musical heritage stretches across generations. Sourcing from a region rich in world-class musicians, the Advent Choir offers a varied repertoire performed to the highest standards, supported by the historic Aeolian-Skinner organ, a landmark of the American Classic Style.