Q. What are the sacraments?
A. The sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given us by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace.
Q. What is grace?
A. Grace is God’s favor towards us, unearned and undeserved; by grace God forgives our sins, enlightens our minds, stirs our hearts, and strengthens our wills.
Q. What are the two great sacraments of the Gospel?
A. The two great sacraments given by Christ to his Church are Holy Baptism and the Holy Eucharist.
Baptism is the public ritual by which new members are incorporated into the Church, the mystical Body of Christ, and by which current members renew their commitment to the vows they made at their own baptism.
The Baptismal Covenant, said together by the entire assembly during the baptismal liturgy, includes a summary of our faith, a summary of our convictions, and a summary of our core commitments.
By the bestowal of water, oil, and light, the Baptized are sealed, marked, and sent forth into the world to live a peculiar kind of life in fulfillment of Jesus’ command to love God and love neighbor.
Baptism is generally celebrated twice yearly at Saint Mark’s: All Saints’ Sunday (November) and The Great Vigil of Easter (early Spring). Alternative options include the Feast of Our Lord’s Baptism (January) and the Feast of Pentecost (late Spring).
The baptismal font remains full, except for Lent, to remind us each of the waters from which we were first born anew.
Holy Eucharist is our ritual foretaste of the heavenly banquet and is the holy feast in which Christ’s real presence is promised to us in the Bread and Wine.
Holy Eucharist further reminds us of God’s daily provision for those journeying through the wilderness of life, especially those who find themselves excluded from any of the world’s myriad tables. At this table, all those who come in peace are welcome. And each of us come as kin, children of ‘our Father who art in heaven,’ and we each receive equal portion. No favorites.
There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to share the meal. Only show up, cognizant of your real hunger and thirst, and do whatever comes most naturally to satisfy your deepest yearning for holy food.
Holy Eucharist is celebrated every Sunday @ 8am and 10:30am and every Wednesday @ 12:15pm.