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St. James - English Speaking Community

 

About Us

St. James is the only English speaking congregation in the Episcopal Diocese of Guatemala. We worship at The Cathedral of St. James the Apostle (Catedral de Santiago Apóstol).  We are a small congregation, comprised of English speakers from North America and the U.K., as well as English speaking Guatemalans. Some of us are permanently resident in Guatemala, while others are here temporarily in the diplomatic community or in private business.

St. James Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church of Guatemala - A member of the Anglican Communion

The Right Rev. Armando Guerra, Rector

Sunday: 9:15 am Holy Communion
Wednesday: 12:15 pm Communion Service

 


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What it means to be a Christian

Christian life is lived in relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and in common with other Christians in the church seeking to deepen that relationship and to follow the way that Jesus taught.

For Christians God is understood and known as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Father… God is love, caring for creation and for every human being as God's beloved child.

Son… God is as he has revealed himself to be in the historical person of Jesus Christ. Jesus' life, death and resurrection holds the key to knowing and loving God, and to making sense of life, before and after death.

Holy Spirit… God is alive, loving and active today, inspiring faith, justice and truth, sustaining the life of the world, giving spiritual gifts to the church and bearing his spiritual fruit in the world - changed lives and a transformed society.



Please, don't forget that... We offer the following:

  • Fellowship: We provide a place of fellowship where a relationship with God and one another can grow.
  • Worship: We celebrate the Holy Eucharist every Sunday morning at 9:15; and we offer the possibility of a quick but peaceful moment to pray, every Wednesday at 12.15
  • Children's Education: We have a Sunday School program for children, as well as child care for babies.
  • Faith Formation Program:  where we grow together in faith through  Bible Study and related activities.
  • Kids' Activities: we have a Youth Program that helps kids and parents to keep close to Jesus, and to each other.
  • Beautiful sacred music  every Sunday Service, performed by professional musicians, that helps us to enter into the Presence of God.
  • Parish Library: where we offer you a lot of books to read. You can borrow the books, or read them at the Church.
  • Outreach Projects: we are helping two different children programs, to be part of the "Love Story" with the little ones. 
  • And many more!  Please, feel free to contact us and  do come to visit us:  You are never a stranger long at St. James.

How can I serve?

You might find yourself asking, "If I decide to attend St. James, are there ways to find my own, personal, ministry?" The answer to that question is "yes!".

Many ways to serve can be found at St. James. We try to serve Jesus through the act of worship.  

We serve each other through acts of fellowship, kindness, and pastoral care.  Listed below are just a few of the ways you can serve. Yes you can be part of this "Love Story" we call life.

  • Vestry - The Vestry looks after the material welfare of the church.
  • Acolytes - Acolytes and Crucifers assist the Priest during the service.
  • Altar Guild - The Altar Guild prepares the altar with linens and flowers.
  • Christian Education - Teach a class or assist the Sunday School Teacher
  • Music Committee - Plan the music and worship
  • Greeters - Welcome people when they arrive for services, help visitors become acquainted with the church.                                   
  • Pastoral Care - Visiting those who cannot attend church, providing transportation, delivering flowers, and more.
  • Parish Library,  Parish life - Plan social activities for the parish. Have fun!
  • Property Committee -Help with minor repairs and maintenance work around the parish.

    There are many more, and we are constantly looking for new ways to help others.

 

Anglicanism

Anglicanism is a tradition within Christianity comprising churches with historical connections to the Church of England or similar beliefs, worship and church structures. Anglicanism forms one of the principal traditions of Christianity, together with Protestantism, Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy.

The word Anglican originates in ecclesia anglicana, a medieval Latin phrase dating to at least 1246 meaning the English Church. Adherents of Anglicanism are called Anglicans. The great majority of Anglicans are members of churches which are part of the international Anglican Communion. There are, however, a small number of churches outside of the Anglican Communion which also consider themselves to be in the Anglican tradition, most notably those referred to as Continuing Anglican churches.

The faith of Anglicans is founded in the scriptures, the traditions of the apostolic church, the apostolic succession – "historic episcopate" and the early Church Fathers. Anglicanism forms one of the branches of Western Christianity; having definitively declared its independence from the Roman pontiff at the time of the Elizabethan Religious Settlement, in what has been otherwise termed the British monachism.

As the name suggests, the Anglican Communion is an association of those churches in full communion with the Archbishop of Canterbury. With over eighty million members the Anglican Communion is the third largest Christian communion in the world, after the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church.


Sacramental Theology

With the Eucharist, as with other aspects of theology, Anglicans are largely directed by the principle of lex orandi, lex credendi (ie., "the law of prayer is the law of belief"). In other words, sacramental theology as it pertains to the Eucharist is sufficiently and fully articulated by the Book of Common Prayer of a given jurisdiction. As defined by the 16th century Anglican divine, Richard Hooker, a sacrament is defined as "an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace". It thus has the effect of conveying sanctification on the individual participating in the sacramental action. In the Eucharist, the outward and visible sign is that of bread and wine, while the inward and spiritual grace is that of the presence of Christ (either symbolically or actually).

Sacraments have both form and matter. A form is the verbal and physical liturgical action, while the matter refers to any material objects used. In the Anglican Eucharist, the form is contained in the rite and its rubrics, as articulated in the authorized missal of the ecclesiastical province. Central to the rite is the Eucharistic Prayer, or "Great Thanksgiving". The matter is the bread and wine.

For the vast majority of Anglicans, the Eucharist (also called "Holy Communion", "Mass" or "the Lord's Supper"), is the central act of gathered worship, and is the means by which Christ becomes present to the Christian community gathered in his name. For the majority of Anglicans this event constitutes the renewal of the Body of Christ as the Church through the reception of the Body of Christ as the Blessed Sacrament, his spiritual body and blood. In this sacrament, Christ is both encountered and incorporated. As such, the Eucharistic action looks backward as a memorial of Christ's sacrifice, forward as a foretaste of the heavenly banquet, and to the present as an incarnation of Christ in the lives of the community and of individual believers.

Varieties of Eucharistic theology

Anglican incarnational theology emphasizes the importance of God using the mundane and temporal as a means of giving people the transcendent and eternal. For many who hold such a view, they consider the manifestation of Christ in the Eucharistic elements to belong to the realm of spirit and eternity, and not to be about Christ's corporeal presence. This "middle view" does not necessarily negate memorialist and transubstantiationist views, but instead allows for a comprehensive range of perspectives and for an emphasis on the fundamental mystery of how Christ is present. This respect for the mystery of the Real Presence is reflected in the aphorism attributed by some to John Donne, by others to Elizabeth I: "He was the Word that spake it; He took the bread and brake it; And what that Word did make it, I do believe and take it" without any further explicit detail. Indeed, the Catechism of 1604 states the belief in a non-defined Real Presence:

Question: What is the outward part or signe of the Lords Supper?
 
Answer: Bread and wine, which the Lord hath commanded to be received.
 
Question: What is the inward part or thing signified?
 
Answer: The Body and Blood of Christ, which are verely and indeed taken and received of the faithful in the Lords Supper.

 
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