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Connor Memorial Window—The Baptism of Christ

“Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church”. (Book of Common Prayer, page 298.) The Episcopal Church recognizes infant baptism. All baptisms are conducted as part of regular church services.

“Holy Baptism is appropriately administered within the Eucharist as the chief service on a Sunday or other feast. Holy Baptism is especially appropriate at the Easter Vigil, on the Day of Pentecost, on All Saints’ Day or the Sunday after All Saints’Day, and on the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (the First Sunday after the Epiphany). It is recommended that, as far as possible, Baptisms be reserved for these occasions or when a bishop is present.” (Book of Common Prayer, page 312.) Anyone desiring baptism for themselves or their children engages in a period of preparation in consultation with the rector prior to the rite. Except in cases of dire emergency, at least 30 days notice prior to the dates listed below is typically required.


Upcoming Dates for Baptism are:

Day of Pentecost, June 4, 2017

All Saints Sunday, November 5, 2017

First Sunday after the Epiphany, January 7, 2018

Easter Eve, March 31, 2018


If you, or someone you know, would like to receive the sacrament of Baptism contact the Rev. Richard Burden  or call the office.


Boy Jesus in TempleBaptism initiates us into Christ’s One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. And those who have been baptized at an early age are expected, when they are ready and have been duly prepared, to make a mature public affirmation of their faith. This form of initiation into the Episcopal Church takes place through the rite of confirmation and reception. “Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and laying on of hands by a bishop. It is required of those to be confirmed that they have been baptized, are sufficiently instructed in the Christian Faith, are penitent for their sins, and are ready to affirm their confession of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.” (Book of Common Prayer, page 860). If you have been baptized and confirmed in another catholic communion, you may be received into the Episcopal Church in a ceremony presided over by the bishop. A period of preparation and study with the Rector, the Children’s Youth and Family Minister, and/or other mature Christians is required. Our “Meeting Church Again,” and “Journeys in Faith” classes fulfill this requirement. Confirmations are done throughout the year by deanery. We are part of the Charles River Deanery. Information about upcoming diocesan Confirmation services is available here. For more information, contact the Rector.


CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE is a solemn and public covenant in the presence of God. The Episcopal Church requires that at least one of the parties to be married must be a baptized Christian; that the ceremony be attested by at least two witnesses; and that the marriage conform to the laws of the state or commonwealth and the canons of the Episcopal Church. Additionally it is required that the officiating clergy be given at least 30 days’ advance notice (60 days if one of the parties has been divorced). It is recommended that couples contact the clergy six months in advance of the wedding. For more information about weddings at All Saints, including costs, please download a pdf of our Guidelines for the Sacrament of Marriage.


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The Sophie Langdon Tyler Memorial Window, Florence Crittenton League panel

The Episcopal Church has numerous authorized liturgies for marking and honoring significant events around childbirth including: blessing of a pregnancy, mourning the loss of a pregnancy, or a rite of repentance and reconciliation for an abortion. These liturgies are often performed in smaller settings outside of our Sunday worship. If you feel the need for any of these rites please contact the Rector.

Thanksgiving for the Birth or Adoption of a Child

“As soon as convenient after the birth of a child, or after receiving a child by adoption, the parents, with other members of the family, should come to the church to be welcomed by the congregation and to give thanks to Almighty God. It is desirable that this take place at a Sunday service.” (Book of Common Prayer, page 439.) We would be glad to celebrate with you. Please contact the Rector as soon as possible after a birth or adoption to discuss how to welcome the child into the parish.



Florence NightingalePrayers for Healing with the laying on of hands is not something that is reserved only for the time of death (sometimes known as “Last Rites”); instead it is a sacramental rite offered by ministers of the church at any time healing is desired.

At All Saints prayers for healing with the laying on of hands is administered at the Langdon Chapel area of the Sanctuary, for those who desire it, each Sunday before or after receiving Communion.

If you or someone you love is sick, or in the hospital and would like to receive a pastoral visit, have Communion brought to them, and/or receive anointing for healing please contact the office. In an emergency contact The Rev. Richard Burden 617-738-1810 x 105.



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Connor Memorial Window, Healing of a leper

Reconciliation of a Penitent, also sometimes called confession, 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.” (Book of Common Prayer, page 861.) This rite is available to all who desire it, and as in many Episcopal Churches we follow the aphorism regarding confession: “all may, some should, none must.” If you believe this sacramental rite may be helpful to you in your spiritual journey, please contact the rector.








End of life issues 

There are a multitude of details to attend to regarding end of life issues. Just as having a will and other legal matters in place is important, it is also advisable to plan funerals and memorial services in advance. This can make it easier on families who are grieving. If you would like to work with the rector to plan your funeral or memorial service please email him, or call the office 617-738-1810.  For  information on having a funeral or memorial service at All Saints please scroll down.

Wills and Bequests

The Book of Common Prayer instructs that it is the “duty of Christian parents to make prudent provision for the well-being of their families, and of all persons to make wills, while they are in health, arranging for the disposal of their temporal goods, not neglecting, if they are able, to leave bequests for religious and charitable uses.” (Book of Common Prayer, page 445.) All are encouraged to remember the Church in their wills so that their values and commitments might continue after death.


All Saints Parish has a Columbarium located in the Resting Chapel of the church. Please inquire with the parish office for information about reserving an individual niche in the Columbarium for the internment of ashes.

Prayers for the Sick and Dying

As death approaches, the person and immediate family require regular, loving support. At the time of and immediately after death the need for care is critical. People need to be strengthened by prayers during this difficult time, whether prayer is offered at home, in church, or in the funeral home. All Saints prays daily for the sick and dying; please call the parish office so we may place names of your loved ones on our prayer list. With your permission we will give your name to our Caring Ministry Team who can provide support.

Pastoral counseling with the grieving family

The Rector should be notified as soon as possible following a death. Call 617-738-1810 xt 105, or email. The Rector will meet with the immediate family to offer pastoral support and to plan the worship service.


Of all human events, death concerns us the most deeply. When death approaches, whether our own or someone close to us, it immediately becomes our principal and overriding concern. When people die, their family and friends suffer loss, shock, and grief. Grief is a wound that requires time and care to heal. Nevertheless, God’s love continues through our loss and in our grieving. These services aim to strengthen our assurance of this.

On the one hand, Christians know that Christ has triumphed over death, and that therefore we need no longer fear it. The last event in our lives leads on to something richer. On the other hand, when we have loved deeply and received love, especially when this love has been lasting, the grief and pain can be extreme. It is our hope that All Saints might offer you and your family comfort and solace during this time.

In these services there is comfort for the mourners, the commendation to God of the person who has died, and the committal of the body for burial or committal of ashes after a cremation. For more information about funerals at All Saints, including costs, please download a pdf of our Guidelines for Funeral and Memorial Services.