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In the early days of the church, Baptism most often occurred after a person’s conversion. As the church grew, Christian parents started to include their children in this sacrament. Similar to the Jewish rite of circumcision, a child’s Baptism is their entry point into the church, the community of the new covenant.
Like all sacraments in the church, Baptism is necessary but not sufficient to our salvation by Christ. Families seeking Baptism must commit themselves make Jesus Christ the head of their household and to train up their children in the Christian faith. Through Baptism, these families have a special relationship (called the New Covenant) with God in which they want their children to share. The Lord Jesus has given Baptism as the outward sign of this relationship.
We set aside certain specific days for Baptisms throughout the year.
Foundations is required for all parents seeking Holy Baptism for their children. This course explains and discusses the meaning, history, and ceremony of the baptismal service, as well as the role and responsibilities of those who sponsor a child for Baptism. Parents who wish to present their children for Baptism, as well as all candidates over the age of nine, are expected to attend the class. Godparents, as well, are strongly encouraged to attend. A separate Baptism class is offered at the same times for children in elementary school.
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For Anglicans, Holy Communion, also known as Holy Eucharist and the Lord’s Supper, is as central to our worship as the music or the sermon. We do this in obedience to the Bible's portrayal of the early church's practices. In Acts we see the disciples devoting themselves to "the apostles' teaching, the fellowship, the prayers, and the breaking of the bread," which is Luke's way of saying Communion, and they did so every time they gathered.
At Christ Church Plano, communion is open to baptized Christians from any denomination.
Those wishing to receive Communion should go forward at the usher’s signal and kneel at the altar rail. They should hold out their hands to receive the bread. They may receive the wine by drinking from the common cup or they may dip their bread into the cup. Those not desiring wine may simply cross their arms in front of their chest and the wine will pass by. Those choosing not to receive communion may remain in their seats or may come forward (as for communion) for a blessing by kneeling and crossing their arms across their chests.
Christ Church prepares children for their first Communion in second grade, after which children join their families in the sanctuary to participate in Holy Communion every Sunday.
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As its name suggests, Confirmation is an opportunity for Christians to confirm the promises made at Baptism. In this two thousand-year-old sacramental rite, individuals age 12 and up make a mature, public affirmation of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and they receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.
Confirmation marks a person's membership in the Anglican Communion and thus is required for Membership at Christ Church Plano.
Candidates for Confirmation and Reception are asked to complete Foundations before receiving this sacramental rite.
Jesus entrusted his apostles with the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:11-21) and gave them authority to forgive sins (John 20:23). In continuation of this apostolic ministry, we receive Christ’s forgiveness through the absolution by a priest.
Confession and absolution happens publicly and corporately every Sunday before Holy Communion. Parishioners are also welcome to confess and receive absolution privately by appointment. These are not different sacraments but two different contexts for the same sacrament. Private confession is especially suitable during Lent.
In Christian marriage, a man and a woman enter into a life-long union, making their vows before God and the Church to live their lives with Jesus Christ as the foundation of their marriage. The Book of Common Prayer states: "Marriage is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, deliberately, and in accordance with the purposes for which it was instituted by God." Thus, we take marriage quite seriously. We are here to help couples plan and prepare not only for their wedding ceremony, but also for their entire married life.
Those who desire to be married at Christ Church must be members of our parish and undergo special preparation.
We seek to help couples plan and prepare not only for their wedding ceremony, but also for their entire married life. All couples who desire to be married in this parish are asked to complete a specific course of preparation which includes several sessions with a member of the clergy.
While every Christian shares in the ministry of the priesthood of all believers, some are called by God to be ordained as Deacons, Priests, and Bishops. Ordination authorizes individuals to exercise pastoral oversight within the church, to preach, and to administer the sacraments.
Healing was an essential aspect of Jesus’ earthly ministry. The apostles continued this healing ministry through the laying on of hands and anointing of sick (James 5:14).
Christ Church frequently visits the sick to administer Holy Communion and anointing for healing.
A Christian funeral is an Easter celebration that reflects the Church’s hope grounded in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We gather, knowing that, as Christians, we too will be raised from the dead with all who have gone before us.
Because we focus on death as part of the continuing cycle of life, the service of Burial of the Dead is a liturgy of the Anglican church characterized by joy and offered to God. This worship is offered on behalf of the faithful departed and for the benefit of us who are still on our earthly pilgrimage.
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