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THE SACRAMENTS

Sacraments are a celebration of God's special presence in individual lives. They are moments of God touching our lives in a special way. These "God Moments" offer us extra special opportunities for growth in our relationship with God. The sacraments are moments of new beginnings, commitment and continued spiritual strength. The annointing of the sick and the sacrament of penance where we experience God's healing.

The heart of Christian spirituality is a love relationship with a personal God who loves you and desires an intimate relationship with you. As we are always moving toward greater intimacy with God, we relish every moment spent with God as well as every opportunity to declare our faith, give thanks and express our continued love for God. lt is during these significant moments in our journey of faith that we are able to mark our response to God's desire to be with us always through the Sacraments. These sacraments are our Christian witness to the continuing presence of Christ in the world. We will cover:

PRAYER

When you pray, you are "keeping company with God". Prayer is our intimate and personal expression to God. In our heart-to-heart relationship with God, prayer is you relating to God in the deepest recesses of your psyche.

It is you seeking and communing with the living God: your response to God as He has made Himself know to you through His Word [Holy Scripture]. At its most personal, private prayer is spontaneous or impromptu - and sometimes wordless. Prayers can express a whole range of prayerful attitudes: adoration, thanksgiving, petition, and atonement. Private and meditative prayers.

We can pray to express our desire to form or strenghten our relationship with God through his son Jesus Christ, or to make a commitment to God. As Christians, we must also embark on a life fully devoted to the love of God, the love of neighbour, the moral practice of God's will, and radical, costly discipleship. We must follow Jesus [Luke 18:18-24].

SACRAMENT OF HOLY MATRIMONY

Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, Halifax

The Church of Saint Mary Magdalene is a protestant church whose doors are open to everybody regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age, or mental or physical disability.

All who seek Marriage in the Church are welcome to contact our clergy as far in advance of your wedding as possible.

We offer you the maximum flexibility to allow you to plan your wedding the way you wish. The choice of readings, hymns and music is yours. [The organist will require a consultative meeting.] You can also choose whether or not to include a nuptial Mass [Holy Communion should be included by all practising Christians].

We simply ask you to remember that as Christians, God is present with us - no matter how the service is structured - and must be accorded all due respect.

You will receive a copy of the order of service when you book your wedding; an alternative order of service can be discussed with the officiating priest.

You are welcome to have your marriage celebrated and blessed at the church, or at the location of your choice.

The choice of location is yours within the jurisdiction of the Province of Nova Scotia. Please remember that the more exotic locations - aboard an offshore oilrig for example - will doubtless come with certain hidden costs that may require some very serious consideration. In addition, if you are, for example, bungee jumpers or parachutists any extreme activity must take place after the final blessing, and introduction of the bride and groom. [The officiating priest will be happy to remain available in the unfortunate event of any subsequent equipment failures.]

REGISTERING YOUR MARRIAGE

The Church of Saint Mary Magdalene will register your marriage with the province of Nova Scotia. You will receive a church marriage certificate on the day of your wedding; your official marriage certificate will be mailed to you by Service Nova Scotia within approximately ten working days.

OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE

A Marriage Licence must be purchased before two people can marry in the Province of Nova Scotia. The licence does not mean that you are married, but that you may get married. A licence can be purchased by appointment from a Deputy Issuer or from Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations during regular business hours. Only one member of the couple needs to apply for the licence, but you will be asked to provide identification and proof of age for both the bride and groom. Information required with identification will include:

  • Full name, including given names
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Current address

The fee for a marriage licence is about $115.00 and there is a five day waiting period between the day of application for the licence and the date of issuance.

For more information, visit the Service Nova Scotia web information page.

In addition, the officiating priest will require you to produce the following documents:

  • Marriage licence.
  • If either party is divorced, proof of divorce (certificate of divorce or decree absolute)
  • If either party is widowed, proof of death (death certificate, funeral director's statement of death or obituary notice)

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Please Contact Our Office for more information, call 902.477.1375 or 902.225.5768, or visit The Halifax Wedding Chapel & Marriage Officiants, our non-profit initiative of the Church of Saint Mary Magadalene. Back to Top

SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

All who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and who have accepted Him, as their personal Lord and Savior should be baptized. Scripture says 'Believe and be baptized'. Baptism is usually a rite for those who are of a mature, sound mind, and therefore as soon possible after a person comes to believe and accepts Christ, she or he must be baptized.

Baby or infant baptism remains a personal choice of the parents about each of their children. It is a beautiful sacrament and the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene supports it; in particular where it becomes a public affirmation of the family's faith, and can be beneficial to the child through the careful choice of Godparents.

Baptism may be done by total immersion of a person in water, or by symbolic blessing with water. Baptism is a symbol of the Christian's identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.

[Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; Acts 8:36 - 38.]

"People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." [Luke 18:15-17]

ANNOINTING OF THE SICK

The annointing and the prayers that accompany this sacrament have the purpose of the restoration of health in accordance with God's will. The Annointing of the Sick helps the individual share more fully in the cross of Christ and to commune with God in the light of illness, infirmity, serious circumstances, or if facing life-threatening situations. As a church, we ask God to lighten your suffering, to be reconciled with Him, and to

ANNOINTING IN A HOME OR HOSPITAL

  1. The rite begins with the Sign of the Cross with blessed water, which reminds us of our baptismal promise to die with Christ so that we might rise to new life with him.
  2. The readings from Scripture are adapted to the condition of the sick person. The priest prays and assures the sick person of the prayers of the parish and invites the sick person to pray for the needs of his or her fellow parishioners.
  3. The priest imposes hands on the head of the one to be anointed, prays over the oil and anoints the forehead and hands of the sick person.
  4. The priest prays for the sick person and invites all present to pray The Lord's Prayer.
  5. Holy Communion may be received at this time.
  6. The priest then blesses the sick person and all present.

COMMUNAL CELEBRATION

  1. Worship Service begins as usual. There is a welcome and then special prayers for those to be anointed. Depending on the liturgical season, the readings are from the Sunday or from the special Lectionary provided for these services.
  2. After the homily, there is a litany of prayers for those who will be anointed and for those who care for them.
  3. The sick then come to the altar. There the priest lays his hands on the head of the person to be anointed, recalling Jesus' own usual manner of healing: "At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him. He laid his hands on each of them and cured them" (Luke 4:40).
  4. Oil is brought to the altar. A prayer is said over the oil.
  5. The priest makes the Sign of the Cross with the blessed oil on the sick person's forehead, saying: "Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit." All respond: "Amen." Then the priest anoints the palms of the sick one's hands with the Sign of the Cross: " May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up." All respond: "Amen."
  6. Bread and wine are brought to the Eucharistic table, and Service continues as usual.
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"They have taken my Lord away," she said, "and I don't know where they have put him." At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. "Woman," he said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?" Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him." Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher).

"LOVE IS A FRUIT IN SEASON AT ALL TIMES AND WITHIN REACH OF EVERY HAND."
- MOTHER THERESA

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