Sacraments & Celebrations
Sacraments are defined by the Book of Common Prayer as "outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace;" life is full of celebrations and Saint Hilary's is thrilled to share in your joy.
In addition to these celebrations and regular Holy Communion, our parish also offers private reconciliation, preparation for Holy Orders, and Holy Unction, or the anointing with oil of those who are sick or dying. Please contact our parish administrator for more information on any of the Sacraments we offer.
Marriage is the sacramental rite in which two persons, according to the Book of Common Prayer, "enter into a life-long union, make their vows before God and the Church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows."
At Saint Hilary's we are pleased to celebrate your joyous union with you in our beautiful sanctuary or other suitable location; Father Charles will work closely with you to plan your ceremony according to Episcopal traditions.
Holy Baptism & Confirmation
Holy Baptism is initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body, The Church. We welcome all people to be baptized at any age.
Confirmation is the sacramental rite in which candidates baptized as children, or as adults without the laying of hands by a bishop, make a public affirmation of their faith in the presence of the bishop: they express a mature commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying of hands.
Celebrations of Life
From the Book of Common Prayer:
The liturgy for the dead is a Easter liturgy. It finds all meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we too, shall be raised.
The liturgy, therefore, is characterized by joy... This joy, however, does not make human grief unchristian. The very love we have for each other in Christ brings deep sorrow when we are parted by death... So, while we rejoice that one we love has entered into the nearer presence of our Lord, we sorrow in sympathy with those who mourn.