About Us

Episcopal Faith and Practice

Episcopalians are first and foremost Christians. We believe God has created us, and that "God don't make no junk!" We proclaim and follow Jesus as Lord. We believe God is alive and well and active in our day to day lives through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Episcopalians are part of The Episcopal Church, U.S.A. under the pastoral leadership of our Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry. Every local parish is part of a Diocese, and there are currently 100 dioceses in The Episcopal Church. All Saints’ is a parish in the Diocese of Massachusetts. Our Diocesan Bishop is the Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, and our Suffragan Bishop is the Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris.

The Episcopal Church is one of the autonomous sister Churches of the Anglican Communion – a fellowship of Churches in communion with The Church of England. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, is a spiritual leader and symbol of unity within the worldwide Anglican Communion.

All Anglican Churches are drawn together by a common loyalty to

  • scripture as the revealed Word of God
  • the historical Creeds of the Church as sufficient statements of Christian belief
  • the celebration of the seven sacraments of the Church with special emphasis on Baptism and Eucharist
  • the apostolic ministry of bishops, priests, and deacons in the life of teaching and service in the Church
  • the use of scripture, Church tradition, and reason in matters of belief and practice
Episcopalians believe that the most important thing we do as Christians is to gather together for worship. We are "busy" worshipers. Episcopal worship may seem confusing at first, but it is a form and a style of worship that is both centuries old and yet so dynamic as to keep us from becoming stale and bored.

Episcopalians sit, kneel, stand, sing, pray aloud, pray silently. Some of us bow and make the sign of the cross; others of us don't. We regularly perform the "Episcopal juggle" by balancing the Book of Common Prayer, The Hymnal, and (in many places) a service bulletin. These tools are all designed to help us worship and pray together, something that is very important to Anglican Christians. Episcopal worship calls for the full participation of all the people. Should you find yourself a little lost or bewildered during the service, please feel free to ask someone near you for guidance.

Whether you are worshiping in Boston or San Francisco, or anywhere on God's earth, we hope and pray you will go into the world refreshed, encouraged, challenged, accepted and filled with the peace of God which passes all understanding.
 

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