Our Traditions

Visitors to this web page may be curious about the Episcopal Church. If so, here’s a start.

The Episcopal Church in the United States is part of the world-wide Anglican Communion. Our history is related to the growth of the Christian church in England. The term “Episcopal” means “bishops,” and refers to our form of governance.

The Marks of the Church

  • One
  • Holy
  • Catholic
  • Apostolic

The Church strives to be one with all creation, all people, and all beliefs and ethnic backgrounds.

The Church strives to be holy, a sacred place where all are welcome to explore faith in a spiritually safe environment.

The Church is Catholic, in that the faith that we profess is good for all persons, in any life situation, and in any place in one’s pilgrimage.

The Church is Apostolic, following the tradition begun by Jesus’ apostles, and continues to the present day into the future.

 

This author has seen a plaque outside the oldest church in Britain, St. Martin’s, Canterbury. That plaque reads…

We do not have all the answers. We are on a spiritual journey. We look to Scripture, reason and tradition to help us on our way. Whoever you are, we offer you a space to draw nearer to God and walk with us.

May the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist become such a place for you.

April

Alleluia! Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

This is a greeting that Christians have used when seeing one another. In place of “hello,” or “good morning,” or “hi, how are you?,” This greeting expresses in a joyful and friendly manner that our Lord, Jesus Christ, is not dead, but is alive and among us.

Easter is the day, this year on April 4, that marks Jesus’ resurrection. Easter is, however, not a day but a season. We have fifty days, from Easter to Pentecost, to celebrate that belief that Jesus is among us as the risen Lord.

The three sad and introspective days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday are past. Easter is the “Queen of seasons, bright” as a hymn so poetically proclaims.

The Great Vigil of Easter begins Saturday, April 3, at 8pm. This service is full of meaning with the lighting of the new fire, the singing of the Exultet (recalling the Passover of the Hebrew people in their exodus from bondage to eventual freedom), and the first mass of Easter with much music and ringing of bells and the joyful hope of new life in the risen Lord.

Easter Day, April 4 has the mass of the risen Christ. The Zoom celebration begins at 10am.

Many weekdays in April are holy ones remembering the day of resurrection. 

On April 26 (transferred from the usual date of April 25) we remember St. Mark the Evangelist.  Mark is the author of the first gospel, generally thought to have been written in about AD 50. 

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