“Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 298).
The act of Christian Baptism is an ancient sacramental rite that spiritually cleanses and welcomes new members into the community of Jesus Christ. It is so foundational to our faith that the baptismal font is what is first seen as we enter our church and as we leave to return to the world.
The sacrament of Holy Baptism is celebrated on four occasions in the church year: the Sunday after Epiphany (early January); the Easter Vigil (the Saturday night before Easter); Pentecost (in late May/early June); and the Sunday after All Saints Day (November 1). For the baptism of infants and small children, preparation with the Rector or another priest on staff is required. For adult baptism, we recommend baptism at the Easter Vigil, with participation in our intensive formation process known as the Catehumenate. Please call or email the church office for further information and to make an appointment to discuss plans for baptism.