CHURCH MEMBERSHIP & ITS DUTIES


Canon 1: Of Membership of this Church

1.01 Of Baptized Members.

All persons who have received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism with water in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and whose Baptism has been duly recorded in this Church, are members thereof.

1.02 Of Members in Good Standing.

All Baptized members who shall for one year next preceding have fulfilled the requirements as set out in Section 2.02 of Canon 2 below of this Title, “Of the Due Celebration of the Lord’s Day”, unless for good cause preventing, are members of this Church in good standing.

1.03 Of Communicants in Good Standing.

All members in good standing who have been confirmed by a Bishop of this Church or a Bishop of a Church in formal or canonical Communion with this Church or have been received into this Church by a Bishop of this Church, and who shall, unless for good cause prevented, have received Holy Communion  at least at Christmastide, Eastertide, and Whitsuntide during the next preceding year, are communicants in good standing of this Church.

1.04 Of the Reception of Laity from Churches not in Formal or Canonical Communion with this Church.

All members of the Lay Order and State who have received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism with water in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost and who subsequently have been confirmed by Clergy who are described in Section 2.02 of Canon 2 of Title XIV above of these Canons or who have been purportedly confirmed by rites other than those of the Book of Common Prayer, American edition, 1928, or Canada, 1962, in those Churches so concerned, shall be received into this Church by conditional Confirmation by the lawful and proper Bishop of the jurisdiction concerned, or by his Episcopal Deputy, or by conditional Chrismation as directed if so authorized by such Bishop Ordinary concerned.

1.05 Of Undoubted Catholic Laity.

All those from undoubted Catholic Churches, who are confirmed or chrismated therein, shall be received by submission to the Ordinary or any priest so deputized by him for that purpose.


Canon 2: Of Churchmen and thei duties

2.01 Of a Rule of Life.

It shall be the duty of every Baptized member of this Church to follow this Rule of Life:
To pray daily and read the Holy Scripture regularly;
To attend Divine Service regularly on the Lord’s Day, and on other days of obligation, as a Christian Duty, and as an act of Worship and Witness, unless hindered by sickness or other unavoidable cause;
And when Confirmed:
To receive Holy Communion regularly; and always on the principal Festivals; and, if possible, on personal occasions; after due preparation through repentance and faith, and with thanksgiving;
To practice Christian self-discipline, in harmony with the teaching of the Book of Common Prayer.
To undertake personal service in congregation and community; and in the faithful fulfillment of daily work to serve the Lord Jesus Christ;
To express the principle of stewardship by generous and systematic giving of money, and especially by the discipline of tithing except when unable, for the work of the Church at home and abroad, and for relief of the needy, and by the generous giving of alms for other good works;
To study the Christian Faith and its principles of personal and social conduct, and thus to be able to bear convincing witness in the fellowship of the Church;
To preserve and strengthen Christian home and family life, by upholding the Church’s teachings on marriage, and by training children to love and serve the Lord; and
To promote harmony and good will in the relationships of daily life, as opportunity offers as a faithful disciple of Christ.

2.02 Of the Due Celebration of the Lord’s Day.

All members of this Church shall celebrate and keep the Lord’s Day, commonly called Sunday, and other days of obligation by regular public worship in the Church, by hearing the Word of God read and taught, by resorting to the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ when the same may be had, and by other acts of devotion and works of charity, using all godly and sober conversation.

2.03 Of the Holy Communion as the Chief Act of Christian Worship.

The Holy Communion is the chief act of Christian worship. On the Lord’s Day and on every other day for which a Collect, Epistle, and Gospel are provided in the Book of Common Prayer, it shall be the duty of every priest in charge of a congregation to see that this Sacrament is administered at the time and place at which the greater part of the congregation may conveniently attend. (Canons of the Holy Catholic Church Anglican Rite Title XVIII)