In addition to our regular worship schedule, St. Stephen’s celebrates a variety of liturgies to observe key moments in Christian life.
Membership in the church is bestowed by God’s action through the sacrament of Holy Baptism. Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church. People of any age may be baptized, but as a loving God wills that all will be his, the baptism of infants was an early Christian tradition and one that the Episcopal Church continues to practice. The Baptismal Font stands just inside the door of the Cathedral as a reminder that we enter into the Christian faith through Baptism. Arrangements for baptisms can be made by contacting the office.
Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop. Confirmation classes are scheduled prior to the visit of the Bishop at the Easter Vigil, when confirmation occurs. Arrangements to participate in these classes can be made through the Cathedral Office.
This office proclaims the message of Easter, and the family and friends of the departed hear it as applied to themselves and their departed loved one. The service is conducted with reverence, dignity and appreciation of the life recently departed as one who is now going forth to serve the Lord in “the land of light and joy in the fellowship of thy saints.”
The Episcopal Church recognizes the sacrament of Holy Matrimony as a spiritual marker in our journey of faith. Any couple (including same-sex couples) who wishes to be married in the church or have their marriage blessed must meet with our clergy well in advance of the proposed marriage date. Contact the parish office to arrange an appointment.