" . . .you are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ's own forever. Amen."
Are you seeking a church to have your child baptized or to receive the sacrament of Holy Baptism yourself? St. Francis welcomes you, and we encourage you to talk with our clergy about your plans.
Holy Baptism is initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body, the Church. Through the sacrament of baptism, God gives us the gift of new life, and we become members of the Church forever.
Baptisms are community celebrations that take place as part of a Sunday morning or other Holy Day service that includes the Holy Eucharist. This is a joyful way to welcome the baptized into our church community. Parents and godparents participate in the baptism of infants and children; adults include their sponsors in the baptism ceremony.
St. Francis follows the baptism service found in the Book of Common Prayer (see BCP/Baptism here), including the vows and baptismal covenant, the pouring of Holy Water from the font over the candidate's head, and the consecration with oil.
The newly baptized are then welcomed by the congregation.
If you would like to learn more about Holy Baptism at St. Francis Episcopal Church and set up a time to talk with clergy, please call the church office at 703-759-2082.
Membership in the Episcopal Church begins with Baptism, the sacrament of inclusion into the worldwide Christian community. Adults and mature teenagers may choose to affirm their Baptism, or what was promised for them in infant Baptism, in the rite of Confirmation. If you are interested in learning more, please speak to one of the clergy.
Because the Church honors a variety of personal journeys and spiritual histories, the Episcopal liturgy provides for three expressions of the rite of Confirmation:
I. Confirmation: This is the first mature and public acknowledgment of the promises made at Baptism.
II. Reception: This is the option for those who have made a mature, public affirmation of Baptism in another tradition – Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Eastern Orthodox, or another tradition that has a comparable rite - and who want to be "received" into the Episcopal Church.
III. Reaffirmation: This is the option for those who were baptized as adults, or those who have already been confirmed, but have been away from the church or inactive for a long period of time and want to "reaffirm" their Baptismal vows, publicly.
St. Francis Episcopal Church offers one curriculum for adults and another for youth; each offer reflection on the Christian life of faith in light of one's life and life's challenges, scripture study, prayer, spiritual disciplines, and moral decision-making.
St. Francis Great Falls will be offering confirmation preparation for high school students during the 2018-2019 school year in preparation for the Bishop's visit in the spring of 2019. This class will be open to any high school student (9th-12th grades) who has not yet been confirmed.
Registration in the class and regular attendance will be required. Please contact the Rev. Tracey Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
St. Francis Episcopal Church
Great Falls, Virginia
Invites you to share in Holy Week and Easter
Morning Prayer will be read at 8:00 am, Monday through Friday during Holy Week
Sunday, April 14
Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
8:00 am -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:00 am Service -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Thursday, April 18
7:30 pm -- Proper Liturgy for Maundy Thursday
Friday, April 19
12:00 – 2:30 pm – Last Seven Words of Jesus, Great Falls Area Ministry Ecumenical Service, St. Francis
7:30 pm -- Proper Liturgy for Good Friday
Saturday, April 20
8:30 am – Proper Liturgy for Holy Saturday
Saturday, April 20
The Great Vigil of Easter
8:30 pm – Proper Liturgy for the Great Easter Vigil
Sunday, April 21
6:30 am -- Great Falls Area Ministry, Sunrise Easter Service, Great Falls Park
7:45 am -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 am -- Choral Festival Eucharist, Rite II
10:15 am -- Easter Egg Hunt for children
Bring your Easter basket!
11:00 am – Choral Festival Eucharist, Rite II
"I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord;
he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live . . ."
As Christians, we believe that death is not an end but a beginning of a new and fuller life with God. Bereaved family and friends can find comfort in the words and actions of the Christian funeral service.
Funeral services at St. Francis are offered for parishioners and others. These services usually include the Holy Eucharist and always include prayers, readings from the Bible, and the commendation of the body or ashes.
The services for Burial Rite I (with more formal language) and Burial Rite II (with more modern language) can be found in the Book of Common Prayer or online.
The prayer book notes the following:
The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all 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."
If you are interested in having a funeral at St. Francis, please call the church office at 703-259-2082 to schedule a time to talk with clergy.
You can also read about funeral costs by clicking here. You may also wish to use the form found here to indicate your wishes for your own funeral. Fill it out and give a copy to your loved ones as well as a copy to the St. Francis office.
The St. Francis Endowment Committee developed a booklet, Planning for Life, which offers us advice on planning for our own end-of-life events, including our funeral..
|St. Francis Labyrinth Information
Labyrinth Brochure available here
The St. Francis Labyrinth is open to the public.
Park in the church parking lot and walk to the left of the church to find the labyrinth.
St. Francis Labyrinth Dedication
Sunday, May 17, 2015