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Sacraments

We are a Church in valid Apostolic Succession from the Apostles and practice the seven Sacraments handed down to us through their tradition, that is to say: Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders, The Eucharist (Mass), Confession, Anointing of the Sick (Unction) and Holy Matrimony. We may vary the way in which these Sacraments are performed, for example through the use of different liturgies, providing always that the validity of the Sacrament in matter, form and intent is preserved. We understand the Sacraments to be outward signs of an inward spiritual grace.

Baptism

If you would like to be Baptised into The Church of St Mary & St John please contact us. The sacrament of Baptism is free and no one will ever be prevented from receiving Baptism because of costs. However because we receive no stipend and provide a mobile ministry if people can make a contribution it would be gratefully received. Please contact us regarding this.

The Church of St Mary & St John rejects the idea of original sin. So, for us, baptism represents a symbolic birth into the Celtic Gnostic community. The Candidate heeds the call of the Divine, and declares, "Do Thy Divine WILL, So It Shall Be All." The Candidate enters the portals of the Church, where he or she is welcomed into the community of seekers, leaving the profane world and its materialistic obsessions behind.

Confirmation

Please contact us to arrange your Confirmation into The Church of St Mary & St John. The sacrament of Confirmation is free and no one will ever be prevented from receiving Confirmation because of costs. However because we receive no stipend and provide a mobile ministry if people can make a contribution it would be gratefully received. Please contact us regarding this.

The ceremony of confirmation represents the first conscious manifestation of the True Will. The recitation of the Creed by the Confirmand represents a statement that active participation in the Church and belief in its tenets is in conformity with the Confirmand's own True Will. The Church accepts the Confirmand as a Gnostic Theolalite, one of its own, a rightful claimant to the heirship and communion.

Holy Orders

Please fill out the ordination form to apply to be taken through Holy orders with The Church of St Mary & St John.

The Eucharist (Mass)

We perform a Celtic Gnostic Mass in our Temple in Kristinehamn, Sweden, and you are welcome to join us with prior arrangement. We will also travel to your home or hospital to perform Mass. For mobile ministry a contribution towards travel cost would be appreciated.

Confession

More than being a confession, we see this as a way to help and council those going through problems, and we are here to help when needed. Members of the Church may contact us regarding this matter.

Anointing of the Sick (Unction)

We are available to anoint the sick when this is required.

Holy Matrimony

We provide a variety of wedding services from traditional through to alternative, between members of the same or the opposite sex provided that such ceremonies are in full conformity with secular law in the jurisdiction concerned. For suggested donation for our ministry which depends on the distances involved, please contact us.

Services
Exorcisms/House Blessings

We are available to perform house cleansings and clearings, to dispel negative energies. Our goal when clearing and blessing a home or work space is to get rid of the old, stale negative energy, clearing it out and replacing it with good, clean, clear, loving, happy energy - providing a calm, balanced, and peaceful environment for work, play or living. The blessings are free, however a contribution towards materials and travel would be appreciated.

Funerals

 We provide a variety of funeral services from traditional through to alternative, Green and Celtic. Our fee is the standard fee set by local clergy about which the Funeral Director can inform you and payment is normally made through them.

Marriage Blessings

We provide Marriage Blessing ceremonies in a variety of styles and traditions to suit your needs. Please contact us to discuss your particular requirements. For suggested donation for our ministry which depends on the distances involved, please contact us.

Hand Fasting

We are available to perform Hand Fastings in a variety of styles and traditions to suit your needs. Please contact us to discuss your particular requirements. For suggested donation for our ministry which depends on the distances involved, please contact us.

Naming Ceremonies

We are available for Naming Ceremonies in various styles. Please contact us with more information about your requirements. For suggested contribution to our ministry for this service please contact us.

Other Services

Other services are available for various needs including: Teaching, Speaking, Conflict Resolution, Arbitration and Reconciliation, Pet Ministry and Rites of Passage.

 

All suggested contributions will depend upon your exact requirements.

 

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