Sacraments & Rites

About the word ‘sacrament’

Pronunciation: /ˈsækrəmənt/

Ecclesiastical. Used as the common name for certain solemn ceremonies or religious acts belonging to the institutions of the Christian church.


About sixty years before Jesus was born, the Roman philosopher and consul Cicero defined a sacramentum as “an oath of loyalty taken by soldiers to the emperor.” That’s what a sacrament is: an oath of loyalty taken by soldiers to the emperor. We worship by celebrating and eating the sacrament. As we eat it, we are swearing loyalty to the King; like soldiers, we’re reporting for duty, ready to do whatever the Lord Jesus commands! Tertullian the Church father says, “We are called to an army of God when we respond to the words of the sacrament.”

Holy Eucharist

Holy Eucharist is the sacrament by which we receive the body and blood of Christ in consecrated bread and wine for the forgiveness of our sins and the strengthening of our union with Christ and one another.

All baptized persons are welcome to receive Holy Communion at Saint Francis Church. The Service of Holy Eucharist is celebrated every Sunday at Saint Francis and every Wednesday in the chapel. For more information on services, click here.

Contact the church office at 301-365-2055 for more information.