Through its regular celebrations and rites (e.g. the Daily Office, Baptism, Eucharist) and the temporal rhythms of the liturgical year, the church is rooted in the paschal mystery of Christ and formed as His Body to serve as sign, foretaste, and instrument of God’s Reign. The church’s pastoral rites are celebrations responsive to the personal and communal rhythms in the lives of individual Christians (and others), families or households, and local communities, particularly in the face of critical moments and times of significant transition. Through these rites, such times and moments also find meaning in, and give expression to the paschal mystery of Christ.
The following resources are provided to help congregations respond to particular moments in the life of the community.
Blessing and Celebration of Marriage
A blog post by APLM on marriage and committed relationships.
AP Brochure – The Celebration and Blessing of Marriage
Reflections on the rite of Christian Marriage, with planning worksheets for the couple and clergy. Revised 2002.
AP Brochure – The Burial of the Dead
Guidelines for planning a funeral liturgy, with reference to the BCP of the Episcopal Church and the BAS of Canada, including pastoral considerations, the presence of the body, the homily, and the committal. 2002.