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los sacramentos

Debido a la cuarentena de Covid-19, todas las actividades públicas, incluidos los servicios de adoración, se cancelan hasta nuevo aviso.

Aquí encontrarás información sobre el Santo Bautismo, el Santo Matrimonio y bendiciones, la Santa Confirmación y la recepción, uniéndose a San Esteban, y otros sacramentos: oraciones para la curación, acción de gracias por un niño, bendición de un hogar, compromiso con el servicio cristiano, discernimiento De la muerte, o la planificación de un funeral.

Santo Bautismo

El Santo Bautismo está programado en los días designados en el Libro de Oración Común como particularmente aptos para el bautismo: El Bautismo de Nuestro Señor, normalmente el primer o segundo domingo de enero; Pascua de Resurrección; El Día de Pentecostés (cincuenta días después de Pascua); Todos los Santos Domingo (primer domingo de noviembre); Y cuando el obispo visita. Además, programamos, según sea necesario, un bautismo entre Pentecostés y Todos los Santos, frecuentemente el primer o segundo domingo de septiembre.


Cada candidato es presentado por uno o más padrinos o madrinas. Cuando los padrinos no son miembros activos de San Esteban, pedimos a un miembro de la congregación que sea un padrino adicional para que cada persona bautizada tenga una conexión personal con la comunidad local de fe.



Tres sesiones de preparación preceden a cada bautismo, normalmente celebrado dos semanas antes, una semana antes, y el día antes (o el día de) el bautismo. A las sesiones asisten jóvenes adultos y mayores que son candidatos; Por los padres de niños pequeños que son candidatos; Y por sus padrinos cuando sea posible. La tercera sesión incluye padrinos y padres. La primera de estas sesiones se centra en el significado del bautismo. El segundo se centra en la formación cristiana y en las partes en ella que los padres y la comunidad de la iglesia juegan.


La tercera sesión incluye un ensayo de bautismo y se centra en las responsabilidades de los padrinos y madrinas.


Para más información, hable con el Rev. Sam Dessórdi Leite, Sacerdote Mayor de St. Stephen (, o 202-232-0900).



El Santo Matrimonio

Every couple planning a wedding or celebration of their union should speak with the Senior Priest as far as possible in advance of a proposed date. At St. Stephen’s, ninety days notice is the minimum required to plan a wedding and to provide the necessary pre-marriage instruction. When one or both of the couple have been married before, additional time is needed. While St. Stephen’s is thrilled to be able to marry same-sex couples, we follow the guidelines issued by our bishop regarding same-sex marriage.

Preparation for Holy Matrimony and for the Blessing of a Holy Union normally includes an initial meeting with one of the clergy, attendance at a Saturday workshop with other couples planning weddings, and one or more meetings with the officiating priest to focus on relationship counseling and ceremony planning. Topics covered typically include personality, personal history, financial planning and values, communication, and the sacramental nature of marriage.

The clergy are happy to discuss particular situations and circumstances with any couple, and encourage your making an appointment to do so. Contact the church office (, or 202-232-0900).

Confirmation and Reception into this Church

Confirmation is the renewal of one’s baptismal promises before the Bishop, who represents the Apostolic Presence in the Church and is the chief pastor of the diocese. The Episcopal Church maintains the hope and expectation that every person baptized at a young age will make a public affirmation of baptismal promises by being confirmed by the bishop.

Confirmations in the Diocese of Washington take place at the cathedral several times a year. Parishes gather for these festive celebrations underlining the fact that the Church is far larger than one’s individual congregation.

Reception into The Episcopal Church is appropriate for those from other communions who have, through either adult baptism, confirmation, or in some equivalent rite made a prior mature public affirmation of baptismal promises. Confirmation and Reception are essentially the same rite, differing only slightly in the form that the bishop uses to bless the candidate.

Reaffirmation of one’s baptismal promises is appropriate for those who wish to renew their baptismal vows in response to a reawakening of faith or some significant transition or event in their lives.

Generally in the spring, we offer a concise retreat to prepare for confirmation, reception, or reaffirmation. For further information, speak with The Rev. Sam Dessórdi Leité, St. Stephen’s Senior Priest (, or 202-232-0900).

Membership in St. Stephen’s

To become a member of St. Stephen’s, you can:


  • be baptized here, if you have never been baptized;

  • let the parish office know that you wish to have your membership transferred here;

  • or, if you are uncertain as to where your membership now resides, let the parish office know that you wish to be included as a baptized member.

Other Sacraments and Services


The Laying on of Hands and Anointing of the Sick has been, from ancient times, a normal ministry of the Church for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Healing prayers are always offered for those desiring this sacrament following the 10:30 Sunday liturgy. At other times, anyone may ask for the Sacrament of Healing from any of the priests.

Thanksgiving for the Birth or Adoption of a Child

As soon after a new child is born or adopted, we encourage parents to bring the child to church so that the Christian community can offer prayers of thanksgiving and blessing. Speak to Father Leité or to Parish Director of Operations Mike Ritonia to plan for this brief and meaningful act of worship (, or 202-232-0900).

The Blessing of a Home

The clergy are happy to arrange for the blessing of a house, whether new or not. The service can be very simple or more festive, and may or may not include people beyond the family of the house. Speak to one of the clergy to arrange a time and to plan the service.


Commitment to Christian Service

When a person undertakes some new responsibility in the course of living out one’s life as a baptized Christian, it is appropriate to share this fact with the parish family and to ask theirs and God’s blessing on the new work. The Prayer Book provides a form for such commitment. If this fits your situation, speak with The Rev. Sam Dessórdi Leité, St. Stephen’s Senior Priest (, or 202-232-0900).


Sometimes a person needs to gather a small group of folk to engage in a discernment process regarding some important decision. Speak to Father Leité to explore the establishment of a “Clearness Committee,” and to find out possibilities for discernment.

At the Time of Death

When a member of the parish is near death, speak to one of the parish clergy so that the ministrations of the Church can be provided.

Planning a Funeral or Memorial Service

We encourage planning your funeral or memorial service so that your wishes may be followed and the ministrations of the Church can avail to help family and loved ones to the fullest extent at the time of death. Parish clergy can assist you in making your desires known and in explaining the resources of the Christian tradition to address the issues of death and dying. For further information, speak with The Rev. Sam Dessórdi Leité, St. Stephen’s Senior Priest (, or 202-232-0900).

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