What exactly is it when you’re Episcopalian?

A question from a reader: Like when you’re Episcopalian, does it mean you’re christian?..or does it mean while like Catholics have the pope, we have Bishops?…I’m having trouble grasping the concept of what an “Episcopal” actually is..like what they believe in.

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9 Responses to “What exactly is it when you’re Episcopalian?”

  • brokentogether says:

    Episcopalian means “having bishops”.

    For historical reasons, English usage of Episcopalian usually refers to the Anglican Communion, rather than any of the other Christian denominations that have bishops.
    In Great Britain and the Commonwealth, it usually refers to Anglicanism as a whole.
    In the United States, it refers specifically to the Episcopal Church in the United States of America, rather than the wider body of Anglicanism.
    This can also be called Episcopal (a redirect).
    Conservative sources within and without that denomination have been known to use it polemically, to refer to social and theological positions with which they do not agree.

  • idahomike2 says:

    They don’t know either…. you would be better off just taking The bible and studying it on your own than under any episcopal instruction….if you have questions concerining TheTrue Christian Faith you may email me. one honest question receives one honest answer to the best of my ability.

  • lives7 says:

    Anglican Lite. Christian Lighter.

  • chelseafootyultra says:

    It means that you’re one more drone.

  • gnighm says:

    The Episcopalian Church is the American version of the Anglican Church which broke off from the Catholic Church in the 16th or 17th century because King Henry VIII rejected the Catholic Church’s teachings on marriage. Thus, a new Church system was created with its own bishops separate from the Catholic Church and since that time various changes have been made to further itself from the Catholic Church.

    Hope that helps!

  • emmapeel66 says:

    Episcopalians are Christians. We have the Archbishop of Canterbury, but unlike the Catholics, we don’t believe he is infallible. We have bishops and priests. We believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. We believe in one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. Unlike the Catholic church anyone who has been baptized can take communion. We have four readings from the Bible every Sunday during church. We are considered protestant.

  • bess says:

    They are similar to Catholics but their pastors may marry and they use women as pastors. I’m not sure if they practice confession or not but I do not believe they pray to saints either but much more like Catholics in that they have places be on your knees in their pews and there is a lot of that. My mother was raised in that church and when we go to see her family sometimes we attend with Daddy Bill. The church they go to is shaped like a fish and when I lived in FL near it the skater kids used it like they do the skateboard parks now.
    Yes they believe in Jesus.

  • Iris says:

    Episcopalians are sort of like Roman Catholics and other catholic churches. The traditions are similar, and the church service itself is similar.

    The most important differences are that they don’t have a pope, they don’t believe in transubstantiation (where the host and wine are really the flesh and blood of Christ–RC’s believe this), and that many diocese allow women priests and gay marriage.

    They also have a supplemental text besides the Bible, The Book of Common Prayer.

    Note: Catholics, Episcopalians, and Protestants are all types of Christians.

  • thezaylady says:

    Episcopalian is a denomination of Christianity. Although similar to the Catholic Church, there is no pope, no confessionals, and no first communion. There has also been more progression priest-wise, by allowing priests to marry and for women to be priests.
    Rather than be led by one “infallible” person, or pope, each country has its own set of bishops that communicate with each other.
    Communion is given to any one at any age, regardless of what their faith is. I have seen Jews, atheists, and Catholics participate in the communion in the Episcopal church and they have all been welcome.
    As for what we “believe” in, God is our focus. With the love of God, we help the community and work to help individuals who are less fortunate. We believe that through this, we are continuing the work that Jesus started when he helped the people around him. We believe in making the church a safe haven for those who are hurt or forgotten by society.
    I hope this helped answer your question.

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