We corporately make confession almost every Sunday as we celebrate the Eucharist together (BCP p. 360). This is a poignant reminder that we gather as forgiven sinners, empowered to serve the world through God’s gracious love.
Confirmation is the sacramental rite in which the candidates “express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop” (BCP, p. 860). Those who were baptized at an early age and those baptized as adults without laying on of hands by a bishop are expected to make a mature public affirmation of their faith, recommit themselves to the responsibilities of their baptism, and receive laying on of hands by a bishop (BCP, p. 412). Adults baptized with the laying on of hands by a bishop are considered to be confirmed.
Contact Ebet Peeples for information on upcoming confirmation classes and dates.
Calvary Episcopal Church honors the union of two persons in marriage with a ceremony that is both solemn and joyous. As a couple exchanges vows, they pledge to love each other in the same way that Christ loves the Church and to live in faithfulness as God is faithful to His people. If you are engaged or partnered and would like to explore celebrating your marriage at Calvary, one of our clergy will be happy to meet with you. Call the church office, 901-525-6602, for an appointment.
In Holy Unction, we anoint the person for whom we are praying with oil, an ancient sign of God’s healing power. The sign of the cross is made on the forehead, reminding us of the anointing done at baptism when we are “sealed by the Holy Spirit…and marked as Christ’s own forever.” Healing prayer is offered frequently in hospitals, homes, and offices, or at our weekly noon Healing Eucharist, offered on Wednesdays.
While death comes to us all, the death of a loved one can be an emotional and difficult time. The clergy at Calvary Church considers it a privilege to walk with you and your family through the days before and after the death of a family member.
Members of the clergy are available to provide the rituals and sacraments of the church for those who are dying. They can provide Holy Communion for those who are still able to receive it, anointing for those who are dying, and prayers of commendation for those who have died.
The death of a member of the church should be reported as soon as possible and arrangements for the funeral made in consultation with one of Calvary’s clergy. The Book of Common Prayer (BCP, p. 507) describes our perspective on the burial rite: “The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all its meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we, too, shall be raised.” The liturgy, therefore, is characterized by joy, in the certainty that ‘neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.’” 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. Jesus himself wept at the grave of his friend. 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.
The Book of Common Prayer offers two orders of service for burial. The Rite I service (BCP p. 469-489) uses a more traditional, formal language. The Rite II service (BCP p. 491-505) uses modern language and permits personalization of the service that the Rite I liturgy does not allow. We encourage the use of the Rite II service, particularly if the service will be attended by persons unfamiliar with the Episcopal tradition.
Calvary Church’s columbarium is located in the Courtyard of St. Francis of Assisi, adjoining the Great Hall. It is for the interment of the ashes of deceased members of the congregation and their families. Each niche in the columbarium can hold two urns. To purchase a niche or memorial block, please contact Katie Owen.
At Calvary, we encourage our members to prepare in advance to make their death as easy as possible for those who remain and those who have responsibility for carrying out their wishes. Such planning includes: reviewing one’s financial position and consulting an attorney about any estate planning or distribution options; looking at the Burial Rite in The Book of Common Prayer (BCP p. 468-489 for Rite I and p. 490-505 for Rite II) and meeting with Calvary’s clergy about how the church will celebrate your life; and having a conversation with one’s family about end-of-life decisions and desires.
To schedule a time to meet with a member of the clergy to plan a burial service in advance, contact Ebet Peeples.