Sacraments at St. Paul’s

Our Anglican tradition recognizes sacraments as “outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace.” (The Book of Common Prayer, p. 857) Holy Baptism and the Eucharist (or Holy Communion) are the two great sacraments given by Christ to his Church.

Baptism

Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church” (The Book of Common Prayer, p. 298).

The sacrament of Holy Baptism is one of initiation, union, forgiveness, and rebirth. In baptism we become members of the Christian faith as we symbolically and spiritually are joined with Christ in His death and resurrection.

Baptism is appropriate for both adults who feel called and children whose parents desire it. While adults answer for themselves and speak their own vows, parents and sponsors, or godparents, make baptismal promises on behalf of little children. 

Everyone who is baptized is sponsored by a baptized Christian. The godparents present those seeking the sacrament and affirm that they will “be responsible for seeing that the child (they) present is brought up in the Christian faith and life.” Furthermore, godparents pledge to pray for their godchildren and set a godly example for them. Lastly, godparents take the baptismal vows on behalf of small children.

We almost always have baptisms during the regular Sunday 10:00am service and almost always on one of the major baptismal feasts. The Church year sets aside five special celebrations for baptism: 

Spring – The Easter Vigil (Saturday, the night before Easter Day) 

Spring – The Day of Pentecost (eight Sundays after Easter) 

Fall –  All Saints Day or the Sunday after All Saints Day (November) 

Winter – The Feast of Baptism of Our Lord (First Sunday of Epiphany)

If you or one of your family members is interested in being baptized, please complete the form below and email to us at parishoffice@stpaulswestfield.org.

BAPTISM INFORMATION FORM

Eucharist

Eucharist (or Holy Communion) is the sacrament of Christ’s body and blood, and the principal act of Christian worship. The term “eucharist” is from the Greek, “thanksgiving.” Jesus instituted the eucharist “on the night when he was betrayed.”

At St. Paul’s, anyone who has been baptized is welcome to receive the consecrated bread and wine. (We are happy to provide gluten-free wafers upon request.) Those who wish to receive a priestly blessing are also welcome to come forward during communion.

Families who are interested in having their children learn more about Holy Communion before receiving their first communion can participate in our annual Communion Class. The class will take place in the Spring. A celebration of children who desire to receive Holy Communion takes place on the Sunday after the class.

For information on Confirmation, Marraige and Funerals, please visit our Sacramental Rites page.

Confirmation

Congratulations to the 2022 Confirmation Class!

Confirmation classes are held in the spring. Please check back here for dates.