In this country, Episcopalians number about 2.5 million; outside the United States, Episcopalians are known as Anglicans and number about 61 million worldwide. The interplay of Scripture, tradition and reason - informed by our life experiences - constitutes the framework for our beliefs and actions as Christians.
Episcopalians use the Book of Common Prayer, whose roots go back to the first edition of 1549. The Church has determined, through the creation of this Book, that lay people would participate in all the liturgy, not simply have it performed for them by the clergy. Because parts of our service are not always in page number sequence, we provide the congregation with a service leaflet at every service.
At our services, we offer Holy Eucharist to all baptized Christians regardless of their denominational background or their current status in that denomination. We welcome children to the communion rail just as their families welcome them to the dinner table. This sacrament will be a part of their earliest memories.