Moravian Church in North America

In Essentials, Unity; In Nonessentials, Liberty; In All Things, Love.

Moravian Church in North America
North: Bethlehem, Pa.
South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Rites and Sacraments of the Moravian Church

The rites of the Moravian Church are Confirmation, Marriage, and Ordination. Celebration of the rites follows a liturgical form set forth in the hymnal. They are a means of affirming the Christian faith and of dedicating oneself to a way of life consistent with that faith. The clergy are trained and set apart to administer these rites as servants of God and ministers of the Church.The Moravian Church recognizes the sacraments of baptism and of holy communion.

Through baptism the individual receives a pledge of the forgiveness of sin and admission into the covenant of God through the blood of Christ. The Moravian Church does not try to define the mystery of Christ’s presence in the communion elements, but recognizes that the believer participates in a unique act of covenant with Christ as Savior and with other believers in Christ.

Learn about the rites and sacraments of the Moravian Church in greater detail:

The Sacrament of Baptism

Baptism1Baptism is the sacrament of Christian initiation. Through baptism believers and their children are embodied in the covenant of grace and become a part of the fellowship of the church.

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The Sacrament of Holy Communion

Holy Communion1In the sacrament of Holy Communion, God makes use of physical elements (bread and wine) so that with prayer and faith they become a means of experiencing God’s grace in a special way. Along with the sacrament of baptism, Holy Communion is a gift of God made effectual by the preaching of the Word and the response of faith.

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The Observance of the Lord’s Supper

Lords SupperThe Moravian Church has repeatedly affirmed the position that it is neither possible to define the exact relationship of the elements used to the presence of our Lord’s body and blood, nor profitable to do so. We affirm that Christ is present in the sacrament and meets us there, but we do not define precisely how this occurs. Each member may benefit from Holy Communion by meditating upon the words our Lord used in instituting this sacrament.

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The Rite of Confirmation

Confirmation1Confirmation is a rite by which persons baptized as children publicly affirm the covenant made for them in baptism and confirm their faith. At the same time the congregation prays that each confirmand will receive the blessing of the Holy Spirit and the strengthening of his or her faith. Confirmation is a personal decision to accept the full responsibilities of membership in the church. It is also a time for the congregation to celebrate and acknowledge the confirmand’s decision.

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Moravian Daily Texts


Saturday, June 23 — Psalm 78:40–55
Deuteronomy 2; Luke 4:22–30

The Lord will not cast away his people, for his great name’s sake. 1 Samuel 12:22

You know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the generous and overflowing workings of your Holy Spirit within us. Today, may those who are poor in heart call on you. May they find their anchor in you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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