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Our hope is cultivated in worship, study and action.


We are “broad church” in the Anglican continuum of worship styles. All are welcome to God’s Table at Holy Communion. The Canons of the Church state that all who are baptized in any church or Christian denomination are welcome to receive Holy Communion here. We trust the Holy Spirit if those who are seeking also are drawn to receive the Sacrament or a blessing (indicated by crossing arms at chest).

Sunday mornings are our principle worship, where baptisms and blessings happen. On Sundays we use bells in the Eucharistic Prayer, and on special days, incense (ancient practice of sending prayers to the Divine). We usually include a moment to briefly share gratitude at the beginning of worship. At the Exchange of the Peace of Christ people move around to reach as many as possible, hand-shakes and hugs are optional.

On the First Sunday of the month we use the Book of Common Prayer for Rite II Eucharist. Otherwise we usually have a comprehensive worship book using a variety of approved contemporary Anglican alternatives, in a liturgy we call “Rite Now”.

Wednesday Mornings at 10 am we have a Healing Eucharist. It begins with a portion of the Gospel with reflections and sharing. We form a circle into which we offer our prayers silently or aloud, and all are anointed by the priest. We then gather at the altar to celebrate a brief Rite Now Eucharistic Prayer. Most participants gather for coffee/brunch afterwards.

Celtic Eucharist at 7 pm on the Third Thursday of the month (beginning October 2015). Immerse yourself in Celtic music and spirituality, where creation and humanity meet the Holy Trinity. There is plenty of opportunity to sit in silence and to actively participate.


We believe that Holy Scripture is inspired and an invaluable guide for living our faith. The more we understand the original purpose and context for these writings, the better we can appreciate their application or meaning for us today. We also believe that reflecting on Holy Scripture (using Lectio Divina and other practices) can show us how the Holy Spirit is speaking to us personally and collectively. We study in various ways, always including a combination of listening, learning and sharing at

Weekly Tea & Scripture Bible study on the Lectionary readings heard Sunday. We meet Thursdays 4-5 pm.

Year-Round Wednesday evening sessions based on books or themes of interest, from the Mystics to spiritual disciplines to living our faith in practical steps.

Our website (Preparing for Sunday) offers access to the Sunday Lectionary readings and a brief explanation of the readings.


We actively embody our faith by engaging in the Sacraments. “Sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace.” (Book of Common Prayer). The two great sacraments in the Episcopal tradition are Baptism and Holy Eucharist (also known as Holy Communion). Other sacramental rites also include a means of grace, but not necessarily for all persons in the same way as Baptism and the Eucharist. They include Confirmation, Ordination, Holy Matrimony, Reconciliation of a Penitent, and Unction of the Sick.


Entry into Christian life is instituted in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. It is the initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into full membership of the Church and entitlement to receive Holy Eucharist. In the liturgy all present renew the Baptismal Covenant, remembering “who” we are, “whose” we are, “why” we are, and “how” we are to live. Water is the essential visible sign, and is poured liberally over the head of the baptized at the Font. Afterwards, the newly baptized is anointed with Holy Oil, sealed as Christ’s own forever. All ages are baptized. Baptism is a public act of entering into the Community of Church, the Body of Christ, and thus it happens publicly in Sunday Eucharist. Preparation varies. There are additional guidelines; thre are no fees for baptism.


All baptized children may make their confirmation of the Baptismal Covenant when they reach maturity, usually at the age of sixteen. This rite is officiated by the Diocesan Bishop. Large groups are Confirmed or Received several times throughout the year. Preparation is required. Adults who were baptized as adults in the Episcopal Church do not need the Rite of Confirmation, but may choose to do so if they wish. Christians baptized in the Roman or Eastern Churches who wish to become Episcopalians may be Received by the Bishop in the same service as others are Confirmed. Preparation is required.

Holy Matrimony

This is a Christian marriage, in which the two people (whether opposite or same-sex) enter into a life-long union, make their vows before God and the Church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows. There are certain requirements for being married in the Episcopal Church: one of the partners must be baptized (in any church), pre-marital sessions with the officiating priest must be attended, and a minimum of 30 days before the ceremony. In the event of previous divorce, the priest is required to receive the Bishop’s consent. Resurrection can seat up to 200 people. The marriage service may include Holy Communion (which adds approximately 20 minutes, all are welcome to receive. There are additional guidelines, and fees.


Unction is the anointing with special oil and laying on of hands for healing of spirit, mind, and body. It is administered by a priest during Healing Eucharist and at bedsides. Anointing may also be done at the time of death. There are no fees associated with Unction.

Reconciliation of a Penitent

This is the rite in which those who repent of their sins may confess them to God in the presence of a priest, and receive the assurance of pardon and the grace of absolution. It is arranged by appointment. There are no fees for Reconciliation.


Resurrection will provide a funeral for anyone. The family and the deceased do not have to be a member of Resurrection, an Episcopalian, or a baptized Christian. The priest will coordinate the date and time of the funeral with the director of the funeral home that the family as contracted. Everyone deserves to have a dignified burial service. We will use one of the Burial services provided in the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer and choose prayers and hymns that your family agrees to hear, sing and say. A funeral is held in the sanctuary, with or without Holy Communion (which adds approximately 20 minutes, all are welcome to receive). Resurrection has a seating capacity for 200. Funeral services in funeral homes are permitted but Holy Communion would not be advisable in that context. A funeral may include the presence of the body in a sealed casket, or ashes after cremation. A Memorial Service, which is a funeral service without a body, is conducted in the same way except there are no prayers of Commendation. Additional prayers are offered at the Committal when and where the body is laid to rest. This may occur at any time of the family’s choosing. There are additional guidelines, and fees.

The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection • 147 Campbell Avenue at Center Street • Williston Park, NY 11596 • Tel: 516 746-5527