Baptisms, Weddings, and Funerals
Baptism, (often called Christening) is the service that marks the entrance of someone into the Christian faith. After due preparation, the candidate , with their friends and family, come to church to express their allegiance to God, their desire to follow the Christian way of life, and their decision to believe in Jesus. (If the candidate is an infant, the parents and godparents express the faith for them).
At the service, there are bible readings and prayers, promises of commitment to Jesus, then the pouring of water over the candidate’s forehead as a symbol of the God’s forgiveness (washing) , new life (as a Christian), and adoption (into the family of the world-wide church).
In the Church of England, people who want to explore joining the Christian faith are encouraged to go to their local church (every area in England is covered by one).
Christians believe any marriage is a life-long commitment that should only be entered into with genuine love and after serious thought. To be married in church brings the added dimension of a specifically Christian understanding of the commitment; namely that the marriage will not only be a covenant between the bride and groom and recognised by the community; but a symbol and channel for God's love in the world; that is why it is called Holy Matrimony.
To be married in church then is more than an issue for the couple; it involves God as well.
In the Church of England, people who want to explore getting married are encouraged to go to their local church (every area in England is covered by one).
It is a great but sad privilege to be alongside people in their sorrow, especially at the loss of a loved one.
Christians believe Funerals are not simply celebrations of the deceased's life, but are thanksgiving to God for his gift of new life in Jesus, and acts of faith, as the loved one is placed into God's everlasting arms.
The first step in arranging a funeral is to contact a Funeral Director, who will help you through the process. In the Church of England, you will then be encouraged to contact your local church (every area in England is covered by one).
Unlike most churches, the cathedral has no official 'parish' (area), apart from its immediate community, living in its grounds.
However, those who regularly attend worship at the cathedral, or have a strong link with it, may apply to be married here.
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