The Episcopal Tradition

We believe:

  • the Holy Scriptures are the revealed word of God, which inspired the human authors of the Scripture, and which is interpreted by the Church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
  • the Nicene Creed is the basic statement of our belief about God.
  • the two great sacraments given by Christ to the Church are Baptism and the Holy Eucharist.
  • The teachings and beliefs of the Episcopal Church are articulated in an “Outline of the Faith” in our Book of Common Prayer   

The Episcopal Church follows the “via media” or middle way in our theology and discussions because we believe that, whether or not we agree on a particular topic, we all are beloved by God and can have thoughtful and respectful discussions. There are no prerequisites in the Episcopal Church … everyone is welcome.

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Worship in the Episcopal Church

The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is the official book of worship of the Episcopal Church. The BCP provides liturgical forms, prayers, and instructions so that all members and orders of the Episcopal Church may appropriately share in common worship. 

Some Yearly Highlights in our Worship Life

Annual Festival Service of Lessons and Carols

Our annual candlelight service of Christmas readings and music is well known in the Erie community. We join together in appreciation for the beauty and power of the Christmas story and the hope it inspires for peace on earth and good will among all.

Shrove Tuesday on Sunday

We have some fun on the last Sunday before Lent each year. The burial of the Alleluia egg, burning of palms, a Mardi gras procession and pancake races make for a memorable day!

Seasonal Liturgies

The Cathedral takes great care to provide outstanding liturgy and music for all seasons of the church year. Over the years, the congregation and the wider Erie community have come to depend on the Cathedral for the best of Episcopal tradition, preaching and music.

Blessing of Animals

For almost 20 years, the Cathedral has welcomed all Erie pets (and their people) to the Blessing of Animals each year near St. Francis’ feast day.

Prayer Before the Election: Choral Evensong

The Cathedral held nonpartisan services of prayer in 2016 before the Presidential Election and in 2018 before the Mid-term Elections. Traditional prayers for the nation and the election were offered with sung Evensong. These services welcomed all  to a sacred space with a message of reconciliation and civility.