Welcome to Saint Mary of the Angels
To preserve the traditional paths of the Catholic faith and to lead all people into becoming fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ through word, sacraments, prayer, and worship.
Therefore, we will strive to:
-Introduce Jesus Christ to those who do not know and love Him-
-Deepen the faith & commitment of those who already know and love Him-
-Offer healing and wholeness to all people through the healing touch of Jesus-
-Demonstrate Christ's way of love to one another in loving service to the world-
through humility, offering the sacraments, and loving fellowship.
WHO WE ARE
We are an Anglican Rite I Catholic Church. We belong to the Diocese of Mid-America of the Anglican Province of America. The Apostolic Succession of our Episcopacy can be traced back to the Apostle Peter, who founded the Eastern Church. Like all Catholics, we hold to the Seven Sacraments of the Undivided Church and believe that Eternal Salvation is available to all baptized believers through personal faith in Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We also believe the Holy Communion to be the Sacramental Body and Blood of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.
THE ACT OF WORSHIP
If you wish to participate in our service, you will find a red or blue Anglican Hymnal and a black Anglican Service Book (ASB) with a gold Canterbury Cross imprinted on the cover. You will also find a Missalette in the pew in which you are sitting.
The ASB is used for all liturgy services. The principal service is the Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion). In the main Mass on Sunday, or on other great Christian days such as Christmas, music and sermon are customary. On week-days, a short reading is used instead of a homily/sermon. You will find the services of the Anglican Church beautiful in their ordered dignity, God-centeredness, and yet mindful of the nature and needs of human beings. If you do not wish to participate, please sit in silent reverence during the service.
The Anglican Province of America (APA) is mindful that different backgrounds call for pastoral sensitivity in dealing with differences in churchmanship. In Anglican parlance, our Church is primarily evangelical with an Anglo-Catholic liturgical flavor. For example, full Eucharistic vestments are worn in celebrating Mass, incense is used at least on High and Holy Days, and ordination is reserved for males only. The APA historically has employed the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, the Anglican Altar Missal, and the King James Version of the Bible. As of 2003, the APA has also recognized the Anglican Service Book, the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, the Third Millennium Bible and the three-year Lectionary as appropriate for APA liturgical usage.
The standard ceremonial usage of the historic Anglicanism is also employed. The Priest faces the altar, with his back to the congregation, when celebrating Mass. We kneel for prayer, both Morning and Evening Prayer, and at the appropriate times celebrating the Holy Eucharist.
We are an imperfect church operating by imperfect persons, carrying out the impossible possibility. We attempt in a very human and fallible sense to lead women, men, and children to a vital personal relationship with Jesus Christ. There is no perfect church, but there must be a confessing, humble, and obedient church. We place the highest priority on the Holy Scripture as the Word of God written. We accept the ancient Creeds of the undivided Church as our doctrinal mandate. Lastly, the great commission given by our Lord in Matthew 28 is our constant charge; "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit; Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you."
FOR OUR VISITORS CONCERNING RECEIVING COMMUNION
All baptized, chrismated, or confirmed Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and Episcopalian Christians will be automatically received into full communion with the Anglican Province of America should they so desire. The historic Anglican position is that we are a branch of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. As such, we are already in de facto communion if not yet de jure.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF THE HOLY TRINITY, THAT IS, THE FATHER, SON, AND HOLY GHOST, AND ARE A CONFESSING CHRISTIAN AND BELIEVE IN THE REAL PRESENCE OF JESUS CHRIST IN THE SACRAMENT, YOU WILL NOT BE DENIED COMMUNION. THEREFORE, PLEASE COME AND JOIN US AT THE COMMUNION RAIL TO RECEIVE THE MOST HOLY SACRAMENTAL BODY AND BLOOD OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST.
If you are uncertain about your eligibility to commune, you should refrain until you have pastoral instruction and the Sacrament of Confirmation by a Bishop in Apostolic Succession. If there is confusion in your mind, please speak to one of the clergy before communing.
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