About St. Jude's Episcopal Church
St. Jude's is a parish in the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast. The diocese is a part of Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States (ECUSA), which is in turn a part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. We seek to be a faithful expression of Christ's One, Holy, and Apostolic Church on the Gulf Coast.
We are a protestant Church.
In the tradition of the Reformation, the Episcopal Church, like its Anglican forbears has always worshipped and encouraged the reading and study of scripture in the language of the people. During the Reformation, that meant worship in English and translation of the Bible from Latin to English. Today, that means that contemporary language liturgies and contemporary music are available which make worship more accessible and meaningful for many people.
Our worship originates from deep roots in the early church, and is in the catholic tradition which includes a sacramental understanding of worship, a strong liturgy in continuity with the best of the catholic tradition, a three-fold order of ordained ministers, including bishops, priests, and deacons, and bishops who are in the apostolic succession.
We are a liturgical and sacramental church.
Our worship is ordered in accordance with the Book of Common Prayer, which has its roots in the English Reformation and the first Book of Common Prayer written by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer in 1549. The liturgy provides a structure and shape to our worship that comes directly from the worship of the earliest church and even beyond, into the synagogue worship of our Jewish forbears. We celebrate the sacraments
We are also a deeply scriptural church.
Each Sunday, we read and hear a very significant amount of scripture in worship. There is an Old Testament reading, followed by a Psalm that we all read responsively, then a New Testament reading from the Epistles, Acts or Revelation, and finally a Gospel reading. Preaching is deeply rooted in the scriptural readings for the day, and intended to open the scriptures' meaning for our own lives today.