Episcopal Church is
part of the 85 million member world-wide
Episcopalians believe that the Bible contains all that is necessary for
salvation. We believe that tradition and reason are also important in
understanding and expressing the faith. Our beliefs are stated in the
historic Apostle's and Nicene Creeds. We believe that two sacraments
(Holy Baptism and Holy Communion) are ordained by Christ in the Gospel,
and others (Confirmation, Holy Matrimony, Penance, Unction and Holy
Orders) are helpful to salvation.
The liturgy and doctrine of the Episcopal Church are detailed in The
Book of Common Prayer (1979), first published in America in 1789, and
closely resemble the prayer books of all Anglican Churches, and trace
back to the original Church of England (1549) book with the same name.
Episcopal means "governed by bishops" and bishops, priests and deacons
are all ordained by bishops, who were in turn ordained in an unbroken
line back to the Apostles (Apostolic Succession). All Episcopalians are
ministers, responsible to love and serve the Lord, using our God-given
individual spiritual gifts.
We are a catholic (universal) church, open to all. This may be the
church for you. Please feel welcome to come and experience the power of
Jesus Christ, and the fellowship with other Christians, at a nearby
Episcopal Church, or as you visit other communities.
For additional information about the
Episcopal Church you are invited to view the resources at the Episcopal Church's Website by
selecting "What We
(in Spanish text).
For a listing of daily lectionary readings
Webcasts of Episcopal
To visit the Washington National Cathedral
website click here.
Washington National Cathedral also broadcasts Sunday services and
special events on demand at this site.
To connect to audio and video webcasts of
Sunday services and special musical presentations from Trinity Episcopal
Church, New York click here.
To connect to audio webcasts of Sunday
Eucharists and weekday Evening Prayer at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco,
The "Episcopal Shield," logo is a St.
George Cross, an indicator of our link to the
England, the mother church of the
Anglican Communion. The
small crosses in the blue quadrant symbolize the nine
original American dioceses that met in Philadelphia in 1789
to adopt the constitution of the Protestant Episcopal Church
in the United States of America. The small crosses are
shaped after the St. Andrew's Cross in tribute to the
Scottish Episcopal Church's
role in ordaining the first American bishop, Samuel Seabury,
View "I Am an Episcopalian"