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About Episcopalians


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Pronouncing "Episcopal": Eh-PIHz-koh-pahl.

"Episcopal" is an English word that derives from the New Testament Greek word "episkopos", translated as "bishop" (see Philippians 1:1, for example). Therefore, you would be correct if you then drew the conclusion that bishops might play a key part in the Episcopal Church.

And a line of bishops can be substantiated for the most part, back from the current bishops in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, to 1784 in this country, to 597 in England, and all the way back to the time of the New Testament, bishops serving as a connection between St. Mark's Episcopal Church in New Britain and Jesus Christ. One role of a bishop is to be a guardian of the faith.


"Episcopal" is an adjective: "The Episcopal Church." "The Episcopal Prayer Book." "The Episcopal liturgy." "Saint Mark's Episcopal Church." "Episcopal priest."

"Episcopalian" is noun, more specifically, a person who is a member of the Episcopal Church: "I became an Episcopalian last Thursday." "Episcopalians are great people." "My grandparents were Episcopalians."


The Episcopal Church is as an American adaptation of the Church of England, and it is part of part of the Anglican Communion (a consortium of Anglican/Episcopal churches worldwide). The Anglican Church is the third largest Christian denomination world-wide, after the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church.

The culture of the Episcopal Church draws from its American setting, as well as from its Anglican, Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, and Jewish heritage. Its roots go back thousands of years to the time of Abraham in the Old Testament, and before.

For what Episcopalians believe, click the Episcopal shield:


Episcopalians are sometimes known as Anglicans (a term originally associated with the Church of England).

The Episcopal Church emerged from the Church of England in the wake of the American Revolution. Over a hundred years after that, various branches derived from the Church of England around the world formed the Anglican Communion, whose members have been known as Anglicans.

For what Anglicans (including Episcopalians) world-wide believe, click: Here.


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