preparing for holy baptism

When we receive a new infant, child, or adult into “the household of God” through the service of Holy Baptism, we celebrate a deep truth of creation: that we are all members of God’s family whom God welcomes home with open arms. Participating in this deep truth is what makes baptism one of the sacraments of the faith. Sacraments are windows through which God gives us the gift of viewing the true and eternal reality of God’s movement in creation. Sacraments take ordinary, everyday things – water and bread, for example – and use them to reveal extraordinary holiness hidden in plain sight.


When we baptize, the hidden is revealed for a moment, and we see the unconditional love of God embracing a soul who has never done a thing to earn that love. And we learn once again that we can do nothing to earn it either. We can only respond to God’s unconditional love in our lives. In baptism, we celebrate the beginning of this response. And we continue responding to God’s love as we live baptismal lives. The baptismal life is a sacramental life, a life in which each baptized person becomes one of those windows into the reality of God’s movement in creation. We participate in this reality by promising, with God’s help, to be supportive members of a community of faith, to practice reconciliation, to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ in word and deed, to seek and serve Christ in all persons, and to respect the dignity of every human being.


You are invited to take a moment and reflect on The Baptismal Covenant that follows on the this page to engage at a deeper level the thoughts in the previous paragraph.  


Please contact our Priest-in-Charge, Father Bill Thomas, for more information on what it means to become baptized or to present someone for the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.

The Baptismal covenant

Book of Common Prayer pages 304-305

Celebrant Do you believe in God the Father? 
People I believe in God, the Father almighty,
    creator of heaven and earth.

Celebrant Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
People I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
    He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
        and born of the Virgin Mary.
    He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
        was crucified, died, and was buried.
    He descended to the dead.
    On the third day he rose again.
    He ascended into heaven,
        and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
    He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Celebrant Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
People I believe in the Holy Spirit,
    the holy catholic Church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins,
    the resurrection of the body,
    and the life everlasting.

Celebrant Will you continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of the bread, and in the prayers? 
People I will, with God's help.

Celebrant Will you persevere in resisting evil, and , whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord? 
People I will, with God's help.

Celebrant Will you proclaim by word and example the GoodNews of God in Christ?
People I will, with God's help.

Celebrant Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
People I will, with God's help.

Celebrant Will you strive for justice and peace among allpeople, and respect the dignity of every humanbeing?
People I will, with God's help.