baptismal fontBaptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble, meaning that the grace of Baptism cannot be taken away or removed from any individual under any circumstances. In our liturgy the one who is baptized is “marked as Christ’s own forever.” It is also an occasion for the whole church to renew our baptismal promises, as well as to pledge our support for each of the newly baptized. Therefore, baptisms ordinarily occur in the context of a regularly scheduled liturgy.

St. Peter’s offers baptisms at four specific times during the church year, as laid out in the Book of Common Prayer:

  • All Saints Day, observed on the first Sunday of November
  • The Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, typically falling in mid-January
  • The Easter Vigil, typically between late March and mid-April
  • The Day of Pentecost, observed 50 days after Easter, usually between mid-May and early June

Baptisms may be scheduled at either 8:00 AM or 10:15 AM celebrations of the Holy Eucharist after confirming the date with the Rector. The Easter Vigil is observed the Saturday evening before Easter Day.

Baptism 7In the Episcopal tradition, baptism is generally done at infancy for those whose parents are members, but baptism for those entering into the faith may be done at any time, and adult baptism is a common occurrence.   For those who have been baptized in another denomination and wish to become a member of the Episcopal faith, confirmation or reception may be appropriate. Please speak to the Rector to determine the right option for you.

Ordinarily those seeking to be baptized at St. Peter’s will be members of the church. When planning a baptism, the Rector must be contacted and the required pre-baptismal instruction for parents and godparents arranged.

For more information on baptism in the Episcopal Church, please visit the Church’s page on baptism.  For questions or to schedule baptism for yourself or your child, please call the Rector at 410-465-2273, or contact by e-mail at tom@stpetersec.org.