According to the Book of Common Prayer, “Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble.” Baptism is incorporated into regular worship services and occasionally at other times for unusual pastoral circumstances. It is the outward and visible action that connects a person to God in a covenant relationship and so belongs in public worship rather than private ceremony. Pre-baptismal counseling for children and adults may also be arranged by contacting the Parish Office. The Rector will be happy to talk with you about Baptism.
The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage is one of the great joys of parish life, as the parish community surrounds and supports a couple as they begin their life together. St. Paul’s gladly works with couples who are parishioners or whose families are members of the parish to prepare for these celebrations. Those who are not yet parishioners of St. Paul’s who wish to be married here are expected to attend Sunday services and become acquainted with the parish community. The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage at St. Paul’s is a service of Christian worship, and marriages performed here follow the service outlined in the Book of Common Prayer (p. 435). In the Episcopal Church it is required that at least one of the parties be a baptized Christian. If you are interested in getting married at St. Paul’s, please review our Wedding Guidelines and call the Parish Office at 781-326-4553 to schedule a time to speak with the Rector.
We seek to be present with one another through times of sorrow and loss. The language of liturgical tradition helps us express what can be so difficult. At St. Paul’s we are always ready to meet the individual’s or family’s needs when a loved one dies, whether it’s a small gathering of friends to say prayers and give thanks for a life well lived or a large, formal funeral. Funerals often include Holy Eucharist and frequently music. Our parish hall is available for family and friends to receive people before and after a funeral. This gives people the opportunity to greet family members and friends, to share food and to offer a prayer.