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Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added to them about three thousand souls.
-- Acts 2:41

Baptism

 

Holy Baptism is the rite of full initiation into the Church. 

 

The outward and visible sign of Baptism is water which is both a means of being made clean and a source of life itself. Water is either poured on the candidate’s head or the candidate is immersed in a pool or other body of water. In and through baptism we are adopted as sons and daughters in the kingdom of God.

Baptism is usually administered in the context of the Sunday Eucharist, and is especially appropriate at the Easter Vigil (March or April), on the Day of Pentecost (late May/early June), on All Saints’ Day (November 1) or the Sunday after All Saints’ Day (early November), and on the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (the First Sunday after Epiphany, early January). "It is recommended that, as far as possible, Baptisms be reserved for these occasions or when a bishop is present," recommends The Book of Common Prayer, p. 312.

If you have other questions, or would like to speak with a priest to further discuss your preparation for baptism, or preparation of the presenters and sponsors for an infant or child, please email us or phone the church office at 225-387-5141, and a priest will be in touch with you, shortly.

If you are ready to schedule a baptism, please download our application form, here, and have it prepared to return to the church office when you email us or phone the church office at 225-387-5141.