Life's Big Events
We celebrate all seasons of one’s life – beginning with your baptism into the body of Christ, into God’s church. And in every season to follow, we bless each other by marking the special moments along the way sacramentally.
Our tradition follows a seasonal worship calendar imbued with the colors and sounds and prayers of apostolic tradition to bring to any worship a wholly, holy experience of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
“Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God.” BCP, page 858
If you wish to inquire about how to arrange for a Baptism at Trinty Episcopal, please contact the Parish Office by phone or email. We thank God for your interest in Baptism and we invite you to use the following prayer for those who are to be Baptized:
“O God, you prepared your disciples for the coming of the Spirit through the teaching of your Son Jesus Christ: Make the hearts and minds of your servants ready to receive the blessing of the Holy Spirit, that they may be filled with the strength of his presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” -The Book of Common Prayer, page 819.
Confirmation is the sacramental rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the 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.
Those who have been confirmed in other denominations by a bishop in the historic succession (Roman Catholic, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, or Eastern Orthodox) may be received into the Episcopal Church by the bishop. Many people choose to be Received as a way of affirming their baptisms; of acceding a strong affinity with the spirituality, ethos, practice and sensibility of the Episcopal Church acknowledging a deeper, more mature faith commitment.
Adults who wish to be confirmed or to be received may contact the Parish Office for more information.
Trinity Episcopal Church traces its roots to the founding of Sonoma in 1846. From a humble original building, with a school that General Vallejo’s daughter attended, to the beautiful church structure for which we just celebrated its 50th anniversary, Trinity has been part of the fabric of Sonoma since its inception. Located less than two blocks from the Historic Sonoma Plaza, Trinity is uniquely-featured and a wonderfully convenient setting for your wedding ceremony. Please contact us well in advance of your desired date for an appointment to discuss your special event in detail.
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Funerals and Memorials
For centuries Christians have drawn a measure of comfort from the ancient practice of burial within the confines of the church yard which has included spaces within its peaceful, hallowed grounds for single crypts and family tombs, or memorials to those buried elsewhere. Today, many are searching for an alternative to ground burial that offers beauty and simplicity. Cremation with memorialization is one such alternative. Trinity has an established non-denominational columbarium – a special facility for the care and safekeeping of cremated remains.