What is Holy Baptism?

Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as His children and make us members of Christ’s body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God. It is an outward sign of an inward presence in which the person is blessed by water and the Spirit and given the new light of Christ.

What is required of us at Baptism?

In Baptism, we renounce Satan, repent of our sins, and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. In the Episcopal Church, we also baptize babies and children into this union with Christ. In this case, adult sponsors accompany the parents and speak on behalf of the child, guaranteeing that she/he will be brought up within the Church, to know Christ and to follow Him, until Confirmation, a time at which they can renew their vows personally. Please note: sponsors must be active Christians (but not necessarily Episcopalians) who can serve as “mentors” for the newly baptized person.

When are baptisms celebrated?

All baptisms are conducted in the church at public celebrations of the Holy Eucharist (“private baptisms” are not permissible). The baptismal party is expected to remain for, and participate in the entire service with the congregation. Baptisms are normally scheduled during the year at:

  • The Easter Vigil (Easter Eve Service, 9 PM)
  • Pentecost Sunday
  • All Saints Sunday (nearest to Nov 1st)
  • First Sunday after Epiphany (Jan 6)
  • When the Bishop visits – TBA (usually Ascension Day or the Sunday following)

Required instruction for parents and all sponsors is held on Saturday morning (usually at 11:00 am) of the day preceding the Baptism unless otherwise scheduled with the priest.

In special cases a Baptism might be scheduled at a Daily Eucharist or at 9 AM on Sunday on a “non-Baptism” week, with permission of the Rector.

Who do we speak to about Baptism?

Parents and/or Baptism candidates must meet with the celebrating priest ahead of time in order to complete the Holy Baptism Information and make sure you understand what is being asked of you. Please call the parish office (212-254-8620) and set up a time to meet or speak with a priest.

Is there a cost associated with the Baptism?

It is customary to make a contribution to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund in thanksgiving for the life of the newly baptized.

What do we receive as record for the Baptism?

All new baptized persons will receive a formal baptismal certificate with their name, date and sponsors of record. This certificate is a formal document and should be kept with the person for as a life document. All baptisms are recorded in the church’s Baptismal Register.

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