Sacraments and Special Services

Expressing & Sharing in God’s Grace

Episcopalians cherish the holy sacraments given to us by Christ. St. Michael’s takes great care in our sacramental rites, combining the guidance of the Holy Spirit with the collective heart of our community to create moving services abundant with reverence, unity and devotion to God’s love.

 Holy Baptism

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Within the Christian Church the rite of baptism is understood in many different ways. As Episcopalians, we understand that Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as His children and makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and inheritors of the Kingdom of God. Additionally, baptism is also understood to remove our sin and enable us to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

In the Episcopal Church the rite of baptism follows the formula laid out in the Book of Common Prayer. In this rite, the candidate (or the candidate’s sponsors if a child is being baptized) is required to renounce Satan, repent of their sins, and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. In the Episcopal Church, as in the ancient church, infants are also baptized so that they can share citizenship in the Covenant, membership in Christ, and redemption by God. In the Episcopal Church there may be slight differences in how this sacrament is conveyed. However, water is always used and most Episcopal churches sprinkle water on the head of the candidate and some may also use holy oil as a sign of sealing the covenant between God and the newly baptized. If you are an adult, and wish to baptized, we encourage you to talk to our parish priest who will work with you individually to prepare for the rite of baptism, confirmation, or reception into the Episcopal Church.

Parents of babies and young children who are being presented for baptism should also notify our priest to schedule this service. Parents will need to schedule an appointment with our priest as part of baptismal preparation. Godparents are not required to be Episcopalian, but they do need to be baptized Christians. The pastoral session with parents (and godparents if possible) will include time to share and imagine what it means to raise a child in the Christian life today, as well as the roles of parents and godparents. Our conversation will lead us to exploring the Church’s teaching of baptism as we find it in the Book of Common Prayer. The baptism request form can be found in the Member’s Kiosk.

Confirmation

This important sacrament supports youth in answering the call God makes on their lives. Two years of instruction, prayer and discernment prepare teens to receive this sacrament. The youth who go through preparation for Confirmation are accompanied by a Mentor who supports them in their faith journey and shares their walk with the student. This preparation takes place apart from youth ministry programs and is done in collaboration with several other parishes for a rich and rewarding experience. You may CLICK HERE for more details on Confirmation Preparation.

Confirmation occurs at various times in the year in our region of the diocese. Confirmation classes are held prior to the Bishop’s visit.

Weddings

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St. Michael's offers the sacrament of marriage to the members of our congregation and their families. We view marriage as solemn and public covenant made in the presence of God. In the Episcopal Church it is required that at least one of the parties must be a baptized Christian; that the ceremony be attested by at least two witnesses; and that the marriage conform to the laws of the State and the canons of this Church.

The First Steps

All prospective couples need to speak with our priest in order to initiate the wedding preparation process.

After speaking with our priest you will be supplied with a copy of St. Michael's wedding planning guide which has a complete listing of our of our wedding policies and guidelines.

Some of those policies include:

  1. Wedding Policies and Guidelines

  2. Pre-marital and Pastoral Counseling
    The canons (rules and regulations) of the Church require that each couple preparing for marriage in the Episcopal Church must undergo pre-marital counseling. Clergy cannot marry couples who have not completed pre-marital counseling.

  3. Scheduling
    Weddings may be scheduled at any time by our priest. Weddings are not customarily scheduled during Lent (the forty days preceding Easter) or on major holidays.

  4. The Officiating Priest and the Liturgy
    At St. Michael's it is the norm that our priest conduct the service, however the possibility of guest clergy is permissible. The liturgy of the service also may take various forms as permitted by the canons of the church and the Diocese of Colorado.

    If you are working with an outside wedding consultant, please inform that person that they will not play an active role in the ceremony or the rehearsal.

Funerals and Columbarium

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If you have a loved one who has died and are considering a funeral, please contact the parish office to set up a time to talk to our clergy about making these arrangements. All funeral services are conducted according to the rubrics of the Book of Common Prayer with music and other provisions subject to the discretion of our clergy.

Preplanning your Funeral

We encourage all parishioners to consider funeral planning ahead of time, making choices today that can help create peace of mind in the future. Funeral planning is also a profound help to family members who, in many cases, would be uncertain of how to proceed with a loved one’s wishes. Funeral planning is a concrete way to prepare for a process all of us will experience. Our Christian faith tells us that death, and preparing for that death, is not a failure or the end of hope.

St. Michael's has prepared information that guides the planning process for all persons involved. Funeral planning is appropriately done in the context of pastoral conversation with our parish priest. Please feel free to contact our priest about initiating the planning process.

Columbarium

Reflecting our faith and response to God’s love, St. Michael’s Memorial Garden and Columbarium was dedicated in 2005. It blends landscaping, walkways, grassy areas and provides a final resting place for those who have completed life’s journey. Memorial services are held or conclude there as the ashes of Christian brothers and sisters are reverently place in the Columbarium. Membership includes space for interment of remains and a brass identification plaque.

The Memorial Plaza is an outdoor gathering space used for services and social events. It includes a walkway outlined by memorial pavers, which may be purchased in remembrance of departed loved ones.