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Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals


The sacrament of Holy Baptism is celebrated during one of the principle Sunday liturgies and is governed by the Canons of the church and the Book of Common Prayer. Baptism is normally celebrated on one of the four appropriate feast days designated in the Book of Common Prayer. These are: The Baptism of Our Lord; The Great Vigil of Easter; Pentecost; and All Saints Sunday. Other Sundays may be chosen, if necessary, with the advise of the clergy. Baptism instruction will be provided for parents and godparents beforehand.


Gloria Dei Church has been since colonial times and continues today to be a popular venue for those who wish to wed. Notably, Betsy Ross was married to Joseph Ashbourn at Gloria Dei on June 15, 1777. Couples married at Gloria Dei are also invited to renew their vows at our annual Valentine's Day Service (on the nearest Sunday).

Weddings at Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church must be scheduled with the clergy at least three months in advance. All weddings in the church will be governed by the Canons of the Diocese of Pennsylvania and the Book of Common Prayer. Pre-marital counseling is a prerequisite. No weddings will be conducted during Lent.

Click here for our brochure about having your wedding at Gloria Dei.

Funerals and Interment
When death occurs a family member is asked to contact the clergy so that timely arrangements for a funeral may be made. It is appropriate for the funeral of a Christian to take place in the church. It is also appropriate that funeral arrangements be made in advance and kept in a file in the church office. Burial plots are available for the Christian community in the newly opened Amandus Johnson section of our historic churchyard. Consult the church office for costs and details.

Click here for Churchyard Rules and Regulations booklet

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