Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 298) Holy Baptism is most appropriately administered within a Eucharist service on Sunday or other feast. Each candidate for Holy Baptism is to be sponsored by one or more baptized persons. Sponsors, in infant baptism, make vows on behalf of their candidates. Sponsors, in baptisms of adults and older youth stand to support the candidates and express their intention to support them by prayer and example in the Christian life. It is fitting that parents be included among the godparents of their own children. Parents and godparents are to be instructed in the meaning of Baptism and in their duties to help new Christians grow in the knowledge and love of God. Historically, the major time for Baptisms in the life of the Christian Church is at the Easter Vigil. Other very appropriate times are: the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (usually the second Sunday after Christmas), Pentecost, the Feast Day of our patron Saint (July 26) and All Saints Sunday (Sunday nearest November 1). However, one can be baptized at any time. Express your interest to Mother Giovan or complete the form below.
Adults and youth from age fourteen and above are encouraged to be confirmed (if not baptized, they are baptized at the same time). At a confirmation service, other individuals may also be received into the Church (if confirmed in many other traditions), and it is quite moving and appropriate for any and all to renew their Baptismal vows.
Please click here for minimum confirmation requirements for young persons.