Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals, and Other Sacraments
Wherever you come from and whatever your faith background, you are welcome in The Episcopal Church. Please contact the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 916.985.2495) for more information about baptisms, weddings, funerals, or other holy sacraments.
Baptisms, Confirmation, and Reception
Baptism is for people of all ages and backgrounds. For infants and very young children, it is the parent’s public declaration of their intent to raise their child in the way of Jesus. For adults it is one’s public declaration of the intentional decision to follow the way of Jesus. At Trinity, the sacrament of baptism includes lighting a baptismal candle, special prayers, pouring holy water over the forehead in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and marking the forehead with sacred oil (chrism). The Episcopal Church recognizes all baptisms that are done with water in the Name of the Trinity, and we do not rebaptize people so baptized in this way. So, for example, if you were baptized as a Roman Catholic or as a Southern Baptist, you do not need to be rebaptized as an Episcopalian.
If you have already been baptized as a Christian and wish to renew your faith, you may be received or confirmed in The Episcopal Church at Trinity. Adults of any age who were baptized as children should be confirmed, which means publicly affirming their baptism in front of the bishop, after which the bishop lays his or her hands on the confirmand’s head, prays for them, and confirms their baptismal vows and asks the Holy Spirit to continue to work within and through them. Persons baptized as adults may also be confirmed, though it is not required. If you were confirmed in another denomination, speak to the priest to discern whether you should be confirmed or simply received into The Episcopal Church by the laying on of hands by the bishop.
Please contact us if you wish to be married at Trinity. You do not need to be a member of Trinity, or an Episcopalian, to be married here, though one of you must be a baptized Christian. All weddings at Trinity are officiated by one of our priests, according to the rite of Christian marriage found in the Book of Common Prayer; the blessing of same-sex marriages is according to the rite approved by the bishop of the Diocese of Northern California.
Please contact us if you wish to hold a funeral at Trinity. You do not need to be a member of Trinity, or an Episcopalian. All funerals are officiated by one of our priests, according to the rite of Christian burial in the Book of Common Prayer.
Prayers and pastoral care for the very ill and the dying
Please contact us if you or a loved one is very ill; we would like to help, and one of our priests will be honored to provide pastoral care. We are happy to make a visit to your home or to a hospital or nursing facility. Though not required in the theology of The Episcopal Church, for those who so desire, our priests will hear confession and offer absolution, and “last rites.”