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Holy Baptism

We receive you into the household of God. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood. - Book of Common Prayer, p. 308

In the Episcopal Church, we believe that Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ’s Body the Church.

Each candidate, regardless of age, is sponsored by one or more baptized persons. Sponsors of adults and older children present their candidates and signify their intention to support them by prayer and example in their Christian life. Sponsors of younger children and infants, commonly called godparents, present their candidates, make promises in their own names, and also take vows on behalf of their candidates. It is fitting that parents be included among the godparents of their own children.

For adults and older children, Baptism is preceded by a time of instruction in the Christian faith and life. Parents and godparents of infants and young children are to be instructed in the meaning of Baptism, in their duties to help the new Christians grow in the knowledge and love of God, and in their responsibilities as members of his Church.

Holy Baptism is especially appropriate at the Easter Vigil, on the Day of Pentecost, on All Saints’ Day or the Sunday after All Saints’ Day, and on the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (the First Sunday after the Epiphany). It is recommended that, as far as possible, Baptisms be celebrated on these occasions or when a bishop is present.

For further information, and to prepare for Baptism, please speak to the Rector or contact the church office.

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