Baptism

baptism_of_christ-by-davinciYou might have noticed that we are intentionally celebrating Baptisms on certain Sunday’s during the year. According to the Book of Common Prayer, Holy Baptism is especially appropriate at the Easter Vigil, on the Day of Pentecost, on All Saints’ Day or the Sunday after All Saints’ Day, and on the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (the First Sunday after the Epiphany). These major feast days are historic and appropriate (though not the only) occasions during the year for the Church to welcome the newly baptized. Our role as a church is to welcome these new saints as we promise to help them grow into the full stature of Christ and to renew our own Baptismal Covenant.

These dates are found in the Book of Common Prayer on page 312. Additionally, baptism may be celebrated on the occasion of the visitation of a Bishop. We also add dates (usually Sundays at a regularly scheduled service) for baptism when the pastoral need arises.