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INFORMATION ABOUT BAPTISM

Thank you for thinking about a baptism in our parish. Some information may help you to decide if Baptism according to the rites of the Anglican Church of Canada is appropriate for you or your child and your family.

Baptism is incorporation into the Body of Christ – the candidate becoming a member of Christ’s Body – the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. Although names are given and received in Holy Baptism, it is not simply a naming ceremony; neither is it just a cultural rite of passage.

The Sacrament of Holy Baptism

Holy Baptism is a sacrament – an outward and visible sign of an inner spiritual grace from God.
God acts in baptism:

  • God declares his love for the individual human and confers forgiveness.

  • God unites the candidate to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The candidate dies to sin (and selfishness, self-centredness and self-absorption) and rises to new and life in the Risen Christ.

  • God pours out the Holy Spirit in baptism to sustain new life in Christ and to empower the candidate for ministry.

  • God incorporates the candidate into the Body of Christ (the Church) for support and assistance and training for ministry and for living the new life in Christ.

Baptism signifies the full reality of salvation and inaugurates the pattern of all Christian living – growing into what we have already become in Christ.

Through water and words spoken within the gathered community of the faithful, God acts in Baptism. Following Baptism, the candidate is signed with the cross using the Oil of Chrism (when a priest is present). Such anointing is ancient practice rooted in Samuel’s anointing of Saul.

Baptismal Preparation

Where the candidate for Holy Baptism has reached the age of discretion, some conversations with the Incumbent (or designate) are warranted. Some course of instruction or series of conversations might also be appropriate depending on the candidate’s religious experience or background. Of course, regular attendance at Sunday worship is expected.

Where the candidate for Holy Baptism is an infant or child, some conversations with the Incumbent (or designate) are also required. A course of instruction or a series of conversations with parents and Godparents may also be appropriate. Regular attendance at Sunday worship is expected.

 

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