The word “sacrament” is derived from a Latin word meaning “mystery” or “a sign of the sacred.” We recognize the seven Sacraments ordained of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church: Baptism and the Supper of the Lord - ministered with unfailing use of Christ’s words of institution, and of the elements ordained by Him – as well as Confirmation, Matrimony, Ordination, Reconciliation of a Penitent (or Confession), and Unction of the Sick. All baptized Christians are welcome to celebrate communion at St Anselm's.
Every church has a basic pattern of worship—or liturgy. As St Anselm's gathers for worship, we follow a pattern that is rooted in the Book of Common Prayer and is based on ancient practices of Christian worship. We combine these ancient patterns with contributions to Christian worship from the history of the Church throughout the centuries. The liturgy at St Anselm's includes standing, sitting, kneeling, and chanting. Every Sunday our worship weaves together prayer, singing, Scripture reading, a sermon, confessing our sin, affirming our faith, and a final prayer for God’s help to live as salt and light in our world.
The worship of St Anselm's follows the historic Book of Common Prayer. The Book of Common Prayer is scriptural with approximately 85% of its content being taken directly from the Bible. It is also more than a sixteenth-century document. To compile this liturgical masterpiece Cranmer edited the medieval mass, itself rooted in the ancient liturgies of the Church of Ephesus (1st Century) and the Sarum Rite (10th century). The Book of Common Prayer is still the official prayer book of the Church of England and used by the majority of the 80 million member worldwide Anglican Communion. We worship in a truly common prayer tradition.