The Sacraments we offer at All Saints, as in the Church of England are Baptism, The Eucharist, Holy Matrimony, Confession, Confirmation and the Anointing of the Sick.
These are what were defined by the 16th century Anglican divine, Richard Hooker as “an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.”In this Hooker was following the definition of sacrament formulated by Augustine of Hippo: an outward sign of an inward grace that has been instituted by Jesus Christ.
Sacraments signify God’s grace in a way that is outwardly observable to the participant.Sacraments have both form and matter. A form is the verbal and physical liturgical action while the matter refers to any material objects used (e.g. water and chrism in Baptism; bread and wine in the Eucharist, etc.).
At All Saints we recognize along with the rest of the Church of England that “there are two Sacraments ordained of Christ our Lord in the Gospel, that is to say, Baptism and the Supper of the Lord”, and “five; Confirmation, Penance, Matrimony, Anointing of the sick and Orders, instituted by the church.”
In the Western Church, baptism is usually conferred today by pouring water three times on the recipient’s head, while reciting the baptismal formula: “I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (cf. Matthew 28:19).
In the Eastern Catholic Churches of Byzantine Rite immersion or submersion is used, and the formula is: “The servant of God, N., is baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
Some Christian Groups( the Baptist church for example) only Baptize adults, but in Catholic and Apostolic tradition even young babies and children can be baptized.
At All Saints baptism can be carried out as part of the main morning Parish Family Mass, so the whole Church family can welcome the new Christian, into the family of Christ’s people; or at a private family celebration at another time.
To arrange a baptism please see our Contact and Bookings pages.
The Eucharist, (or Mass, or Holy Communion) is the sacrament that completes Christian initiation by enabling worshippers to partake of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ and participate in his one sacrifice.
The bread (which must be wheaten, and which is unleavened in the Latin, Armenian and Ethiopic Rites, but is leavened in most Eastern Rites) and wine (which must be from grapes) used in the Eucharistic rite are, in Catholic faith, transformed in its inner reality, though not in appearance, into the Body and Blood of Christ.
This change that is called by Catholics transubstantiation, yet is spoken of in terms of transformation in the Orthodox tradition.
The Church of England whilst speaking of the bread and wine as memorials of Christ’s sacrifice, also speaks of Christ’s real presence in the bread and wine; so there is a diversity of ideas about the Eucharist.
All Saints has always been a church which believed in ‘the real presence’ but would not necessarily explain this in terms of transubstantiation (many would use the Orthodox terminology of transformation, or transfiguration to unravel the mystery of the Mass).
In taking the bread and wine, that believers become one with Christ, both in his passion and in his resurrection. It is through the bread and wine that worshippers become Christ’s body within the world; his Church, set apart to be ministers of his Kingdom.
It is conferred by the laying on of the hand of the Bishop who pronounces the sacramental words proper to the rite. These words refer to a gift of the Holy Spirit that marks the recipient as with a seal. Through the sacrament the grace given in baptism is “strengthened and deepened.” Like baptism, confirmation may be received only once, and the recipient must be in a state of grace in order to receive its effects.
In the East, which retains the ancient Christian practice, the sacrament is administered by the parish priest immediately after baptism. This is why Children may receive the Eucharist in Orthodox Churches as full members of the body of Christ.
In the West, where the sacrament is normally reserved for those who can understand its significance, it came to be postponed until the recipient’s early adulthood. In the 20th century, after Pope Pius X introduced first Communion for children on reaching the age of discretion, the practice of receiving Confirmation later than the Eucharist became widespread.
All Saints as a parish has admitted children to the Eucharist before confirmation; and this reflects a more ancient understanding which sees baptism as the Christ ordained action, which seals an individual’s membership of Christ body, the Church.
This is for all of us, a time for celebration but also for reflection on commitment, faithfulness and your loyalty towards one another. We at All Saints will do our best to contribute the best of what we offer on this important occasion.
The Team runs special marriage preparation days, designed to enable couples to explorer fully the meaning and commitments that marriage entails. These are designed to help you approach this important change in life, in a supportive and friendly atmosphere, which provides you with an opportunity to ask questions and discuss what marriage means.
To arrange your wedding at All Saints please see our Contact & Bookings pages.
Within the Church of England, confession and absolution (also known as penance) is usually seen as part of corporate worship, particularly at the Mass. The form involves a call to repentance by the priest, a period of silent prayer and reflection, a form of confession said together by all present and then the pronouncement of God’s forgiveness by the priest accompanied by the sign of the cross.
The Sacrament of Penance is the first of two sacraments of healing It is the sacrament of spiritual healing of a baptized person from the distancing from God resulting from sins committed.
However, private confession is also practiced and is common within our Anglo-Catholic Tradition, (the Book of Common Prayer states whilst private confession is not necessary for salvation, it can be helpful for an individual’s spiritual health). Many people still engage in the discipline of making their confession before major Feasts or more generally though out the year, every 6 weeks or so.
At All Saints, this is viewed by many in terms similar to Orthodox tradition where confession is understood, as a process of renewal and spiritual healing, the Priest being spiritual doctor who aids the worshipper in this healing process by careful questioning and encouragement to reflection.
At All Saints there is provision for confession before the major festivals of Christmas and Easter – see the parish Calendar & Events if you wish to make your confession at other times, please speak to any member of the Clergy Team at All Saints, to arrange a convenient time.
Anointing of the Sick is the second sacrament of healing. In this sacrament a priest anoints the sick with oil blessed specifically for that purpose. “The anointing of the sick can be administered to any member of the faithful who, having reached the use of reason, begins to be in danger by reason of illness or old age”. A new illness or a worsening of health enables a person to receive the sacrament a further time.
When, in the Western Church, the sacrament is conferred on those in immediate danger of death, it came is known as “Extreme Unction”, i.e. “Final Anointing”, administered as one of the Last Rites.
The other Last Rites is Confession (if the dying person is physically unable to confess, at least absolution, conditional on the existence of contrition, is given), and the Eucharist, which when administered to the dying is known as “Viaticum”, a word whose original meaning in Latin was “provision for a journey”.
All Saints clergy will anoint the sick when requested, and will at anytime if contacted bring the oil for anointing, and perform the last rites to those who are close to death who request it. Please use the contact details on this website.
Those wishing the parish to support them through prayer during a period of intercession should, submit a prayer (intercession) request through this website; or by contacting the Team Office – see the contact and bookings page.
Funerals – to book a funeral at All Saints please use our contact and bookings pages (or your chosen Funeral Director will do this on your behalf.
Ordination(not usually celebrated at All Saints) is the sacramental action by which in the Catholic and Apostolic tradition clergy are appointed to their offices in the Church. This rite must be performed by a Bishop, and is the means of appointing Deacons, Priests and Bishops (in the later case traditionally performed by a college of three Bishops). Ordination service often are held at the Cathedral of the Diocese, though they may sometimes be performed in a local parish church.
The Church of England now ordains women to all three orders, Deacon, Priest and Bishop; but All Saints’ following ancient and universal Catholic and Apostolic practice believes that only men may be ordained as Priests and Bishops, whilst accepting women Deacons – a return to ancient tradition. Though like any community of Christians there are members of the Parish Family who believe that women may be ordained as Priests and Bishops.