The baptistry is the part of the worship center
reserved for the administration of baptism.
baptisteries are located in the front part of the worship
Depending on the particular faith group
practices, the baptistry can be very large, to provide an
area for immersion, or very small, to accommodate a
small font used for pouring water.
The chapel is a small room or area reserved for
special purposes, such as the reservation of the Blessed
Sacrament, a shrine, or a small place for service.
Literally, a sanctuary is a holy place. In the RMF,
the sanctuary refers to the worship area. Today, the
elevated center of liturgical ceremony is placed closer
to the worshiping community.
The sacristy, or vestry, is a room or annex of the
worship center where finishings for the altar are kept
and the ministers vest and prepare themselves. Often
located near the altar, the sacristy houses the vesting
table, the articles used in the service, and the sacrarium.
The sacrarium is a basin or sink equipped with a separate
drainpipe that goes directly to the earth for dispsal of
water used for sacred purposes, such as the washing of
chalices or altar linens.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CENTER
The religious education (RE) center is the building,
or area, where training and development take place. The
center may include classrooms, library, common rooms,
nursery, kindergarten, kitchen, supplies, and often a
great room or community room. The RE center is not
just for weekend purposes; it should be routinely
available for community involvement projects,
command training, secular program development, and
an endless variety of civic projects.
The administrative office is located in the building
or area where the day-to-day administrative processing
takes place. The administrative office consists of the
reception area office of the chaplain(s), counseling
area, and other chapel staff offices.
NAVY MILITARY WEDDINGS
As an RP, you will become involved in the
preparation of military wedding ceremonies. You must
be prepared to give couples to be married some
Guidelines for military
weddings are associated with a variety of different
circumstances and social considerations. Appendix II
provides some appropriate guidelines and
considerations for several conditions under which a
military wedding might take place in an RMF.
Traditionally, the military wedding ceremony is a
religious event that takes place in an RMF. The military
wedding consists of two important factors: (1) military
personnel in uniform, and (2) the tradition customs
associated with honoring the bride. In the following
paragraphs, lets take a look at each of these factors.
For active duty military personnel, the uniform
should be the appropriate uniform of the season. It is
also appropriate for retired persons to be in uniform.
Basically, military members of the wedding party
should wear either dress blues or whites, and all
members of the wedding party should wear correctly the
same type of dress uniform. In cases where the bride is
the military person and the groom is a civilian, the bride
may wear her uniform or a bridal gown.
If the military members of the wedding party are
commissioned officers, swords should be part of the
dress uniform. Navy enlisted members do not wear
swords. Enlisted members of other branches of the
uniformed services may wear swords if the practice is
authorized and endorsed by their service. Since it is not
correct for personnel to wear swords or bear arms in the
RMF, church, synagogue, temple, or any other place of
worship, a fitting area is selected for the weapons before
In a military wedding, honoring the bride (or the
bride and groom) is an optional tradition based on the
personal choice of the bride and groom. Following the
religious rite, honoring the bride is a traditional
ceremony in which the bride and groom pass through an
arch formed by swords or rifles.
traditionally form the arch with swords. Navy enlisted