Sacraments of the Church


Being firmly rooted in the Catholic tradition of the Church of England, much of our worship is sacramentally based.  The Book of Common Prayer defines a sacrament as, "an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace given unto us, ordained by Christ himself, as a means whereby we receive the same, and a pledge to assure us thereof."  Put more simply, a sacrament uses simple, everyday materials (water, bread, wine, olive oil) to point us to a fuller understanding of God's love for us. Many Christians hold that there are only two sacraments (Baptism and the Eucharist) which have biblical authority, but close examination of Our Lord's words and actions seems to point to seven Christian sacraments.