The Sacrament of Baptism
Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body of the Church. It is a public statement of one’s intentional decision to follow the way of Jesus. It publicly proclaims what is already true, that we are loved as God’s own, that we are part of a larger family than the one into which we were born.
In our tradition, the congregation’s presence is an important part of any Baptism. By coming together in celebration of the sacrament, our congregation is able to affirm, through its prayers, our collective commitment to Jesus Christ. For this reason, we baptize new members on the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, the Easter Vigil, the Feast of Pentecost, and All Saints’ Day (as well as the Sunday following All Saints’).
Baptism is open to all people, regardless of age or background.
In the case of infant baptism, it is the parents’ declaration of their intent to raise a child in the way of Jesus.
The bond which God establishes in baptism is indissoluble, so baptism is only administered once. When you choose to be baptized yourself or to have your child baptized in The Episcopal Church, it means you are choosing to live out the Baptismal Covenant in the context of an Episcopal church community, taking your part in the worship, mission, and ministries of the local parish.
If you feel called to be baptized, or to have your child baptized, the first steps are to attend the worship services at the cathedral regularly and to talk to the clergy about baptism. Baptismal preparation is a requirement and enables the baptismal candidates to undertake some intentional preparation.
Baptism can be regarded as the beginning of a spiritual path and not the culmination of one. It is not necessary that a candidate for baptism fully understand nor be comfortable with every word of the Christian creeds and doctrines from the outset, but rather be ready to embark on the rich path of discovery into the way, truth, and life of Jesus Christ.
If you are new to The Episcopal Church and have already been baptized in another denomination, you may wish to renew your faith life. If this is the case, you may be Received or Confirmed in The Episcopal Church, rites which our clergy can help you learn about and discern whether they are appropriate for you. Wherever you come from and whatever your faith background, we at Christ Church Cathedral welcome you!
For more information, please contact Kathy Noe to schedule an appointment with a member of the clergy.