Some Traditional Anglican Customs

 

Corporate Worship: We believe that our worship should always focus on God, not on ourselves. Traditional Anglican worship services are penitential and reverent in feel and style. We are here to worship God and to ask for His forgiveness and Grace in humility. We do not come together as a family of believers to entertain ourselves or simply to socialize. Christian fellowship is extremely important, but it comes after and is secondary to our worship of God, never in place of it. Please join us for fellowship in the Parish Hall after Mass.

 

Confirmation: Traditional Anglicans normally receive the sacrament of Holy Communion for the first time when they receive the sacrament of Confirmation, or are desirous of being confirmed. Confirmation is the sacrament of the Laying on of Hands by a Bishop. At our Confirmation we confirm, or renew, the promises and vows made at our Baptism, and we declare our loyalty and devotion to Christ as we receive the strengthening gifts of the Holy Spirit. If you are interested in Confirmation instruction please let our clergy know. We encourage all Christians to be confirmed.

 

Holy Water: You will notice that Holy Water (water blessed by the priest) is available at the entrance and exit of the church. It is customary to dip the fingers of your right hand in the water, and to bless yourself with the water and the sign of the cross as you enter and leave the church building. We do this as a reminder of our Baptism and our Baptismal promises.

 

Incense: We use incense during special Holy Days such as Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, and the Feast of All Saints. The tradition of offering of incense to God in worship is found throughout the Bible, from the book of Genesis to the book of Revelation. Let my prayer be set forth in thy sight as the incense; and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:2

 

Posture during the Service: Generally, we sit for instruction; as when we listen to scripture lessons, the sermon, and announcements. We stand for the proclaiming of The Gospel. We stand to sing. And we kneel (or sit) for prayer. However, it is perfectly acceptable to sit throughout any portion of the service if you find it difficult to kneel or stand.

 

Processions: It is customary to bow when the cross passes in procession.

 

Reserve Sacrament: The consecrated Holy Eucharist is reserved in the tabernacle on the altar. It is customary to bow or genuflect (kneel on the right knee) upon entering and leaving your pew and upon crossing the altar.

 

Questions: Please ask! Our Church Family is happy to help. Free devotionals, Bibles, and other helpful materials are available in the Parish Hall after Mass.