The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
The Rite of Holy Baptism
Preparation for Baptism
Occasions for Baptism
Baptism at St. James'
“Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble.”

    
Book of Common Prayer, page 298
The order for Holy Baptism is found in The Book of Common Prayer beginning on page 299.  During the ceremony water is poured onto the candidates head in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  The priest or bishop makes the sign of the cross on the person’s forehead, using oil of Chrism to do so, and says: “You are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ’s own forever.”
Our practice at St. James’ is intended to insure that the sacrament of Holy Baptism is celebrated with the thoughtfulness and joy which the occasion merits.
We receive you into the household of God. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood.
Book of Common Prayer, page 308
Baptism occurs within a faith community. This community agrees to support the candidate in the living out of their baptismal promises.  Therefore it is important that Baptisms take place during the main Sunday Eucharist.  There are particular days that are  appropriate for Baptisms: the Great Vigil of Easter, the Day of Pentecost, All Saints’ Day, the Sunday following, the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord in January, and the Sunday following the Feast of St. James in July.
The first step toward seeking Baptism for oneself or one’s child is to print out and complete this form, and then contact the priest. There is a course of instruction for parents and godparents prior to their child’s Baptism. Parents and god-parents are to be instructed in the meaning of Baptism, in their duties to help the new Christians grow in the knowledge and love of God, and in their responsibilities as members of God’s Church.
It is expected that families of infants to be baptized will be regular in their attendance at worship at St. James’ for a period of three months prior to the Baptism.  It is further expected that the family will continue their regular Sunday attendance at Church throughout the child’s upbringing.
Older children preparing for Baptism should attend Church School at St. James’ for a period of three months.  Adults who wish to be baptized should speak to one of the clergy and a special course of preparation will be arranged.
Godparents and Sponsors
Every candidate for Holy Baptism is presented or sponsored by one or more baptized persons. There is no limit to the number of sponsors.  In the case of children, parents or guardians are normally included. The selection of godparents is important.  Care should be taken to choose individuals who are expected to have a long-term relationship with the child and a significant relationship with the Church. Adult inquirers will be matched with a parishioner who will serve as a spiritual mentor during the preparation process and will be one of the sponsors at the baptism.
Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon these your servants the forgiveness of sin, and have raised them to the new life of grace.  Sustain them, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give them an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works.  Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, page 308

Baptism Schedule: 2016 - 2017

Baptism                                                                                                                           Class and Rehearsal
2016

2017
March 15th &
March 22nd
11:30am
January 10th
10:00am
The Baptism of Our Lord
May 15th
10:00am
Pentecost
May 1st &
May 8th
11:30am
November 6th
10:00am
All Saints' Sunday
October 22nd &
October 29th
11:30am
January 8th
10:00am
The Baptism of Our Lord
TBD
TBD
11:30am
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