Anglican Church in Central America
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|Iglesia Anglicana de la Región Central de América|
|Territory||Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Panama|
The Anglican Church in Central America (Spanish: Iglesia Anglicana de la Región Central de América) is a province of the Anglican Communion, covering 5 sees in Central America. The Bishop of Guatemala, Armando Guerra was elected to a four-year term of office as primate and has succeeded Archbishop Martin de Jesus Barahona of El Salvador, who has served as primate for the past eight years.
Four of the five dioceses of the Iglesia Anglicana de la Región Central de America were founded by the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Anglicanism was also introduced by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel when England administered two colonies in Central America, British Honduras and Miskitia. In later years, immigrants brought the Anglican Church with them.
Today, there are over 35,000 Anglicans out of an estimated population of 30.1 million.
The polity of the Iglesia Anglicana de la Región Central de América is Episcopalian church governance, which is the same as other Anglican churches. The church maintains a system of geographical parishes organized into dioceses. There are 5 of these, each headed by a bishop:
- The Diocese of Costa Rica
- The Diocese of El Salvador
- The Diocese of Guatemala
- The Diocese of Nicaragua
- The Diocese of Panama
Some countries of Central America are part of other Anglican churches:
- The Anglican Diocese of Belize is part of the Church in the Province of the West Indies
- The Episcopal Diocese of Honduras is part of Province 9 of the Episcopal Church of the United States of America
Worship and liturgy
The Iglesia Anglicana de la Región Central de América embraces three orders of ministry: deacon, priest, and bishop. The Spanish-language version of the Episcopal Church (USA)'s 1979 Book of Common Prayer is used.
Doctrine and practice
- Jesus Christ is fully human and fully God. He died and was resurrected from the dead.
- Jesus provides the way of eternal life for those who believe.
- The Old and New Testaments of the Bible were written by people "under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit". The Apocrypha are additional books that are used in Christian worship, but not for the formation of doctrine.
- The two great and necessary sacraments are Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist
- Other sacramental rites are confirmation, ordination, marriage, reconciliation of a penitent, and unction.
- Belief in heaven, hell, and Jesus' return in glory.
- Cornelius Wilson, Bishop of Costa Rica
- Miller, Duane Alexander (January 2015). "Entrevissta con Bill Frey, primer obispo de la diocesis Episcopal de Guatemala". Misionologia Global: 1. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
- http://www.oikoumene.org/?id=3587 World Council of Churches
- Anglicanism, Neill, Stephen. Harmondsworth, 1965.