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Rituals and Worship



Sacred Time

Seventh-day Adventists believe in the imminence of the Second Coming, without knowing the precise date. They advocate observing the Sabbath day of rest and worship on the seventh day, or Saturday, as a way to devoutly await Jesus' return.

Sacred Space

Seventh-day Adventists worship in church buildings. The Saturday service commences with the Sabbath School, and is followed by a gathering for a sermon, singing, scripture reading, and prayer.

Rites and Ceremonies

Adventists gather on Saturdays, the Sabbath, for worship and teaching. Non-religious activities and work are avoided, while family outings and compassionate works are encouraged. Adventists practice adult baptism by immersion and share the Lord's Supper quarterly. The community performs a foot washing ceremony before communion, following John 13.

Worship and Devotion in Daily Life

Seventh-day Adventists are known for their commitment to good health. The body is believed to be a temple of the Holy Spirit, leading to vegetarianism, healthful diet and exercise, and allopathic health care. Adventists abstain from alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.

Symbolism

The logo of the Seventh-day Adventist Church features an open Bible at its foundation. A cross rises out of it, and the cross is surrounded by the burning flame of the Holy Spirit.