Baptism & Confirmation
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.
Each candidate for Holy Baptism is to be sponsored by one or more baptized persons.
Sponsors of adults and older children present their candidates and thereby signify their endorsement of the candidates and their intention to support them by prayer and example in their Christian life. Sponsors of infants, commonly called godparents, present their candidates, make promises in their own names, and also take vows on behalf of their candidates.
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, in their duties to help the new Christians grow in the knowledge and love of God, and in their responsibilities as members of his Church.
-The Book of Common Prayer, p.298
Baptism is a Sacrament, a visible and physical sign of an invisible and spiritual reality. To be baptized or participate in a baptism is to experience anew the reality of the Christian gospel: that God, by his grace, is redeeming men and women, bringing them into his family, moving them from death to life, from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. The meaning of Baptism is multifaceted in how it conveys the gospel message. It is a death (buried in the waters of baptism) and a life (resurrected from the waters of baptism). It is a mark, a sign, a seal that one has been included in God's family (like circumcision in the Old Testament). It is a cleansing from the stain of sin- the way water washes dirt from our bodies. Most of all, it is a picture of being drenched in God's grace, covered in his faithfulness to you, saturated with his promise to uphold you in your relationship with Christ!
If you would like to be baptized, or would like to have your child baptized, please contact us using the form below and a meeting will be arranged with one of our Priests to help you take this important first step in your relationship with God.
It has been said that, if Baptism begins one's Christian life, then Confirmation begins one's Anglican Christian life. Confirmation adds nothing to one's Baptism, but it IS a way of owning one's baptism, and submitting to a particular doctrinal expression (Anglicanism) of the Christian Faith. The following questions and answers may help you determine if Confirmation is right for you!
What is Confirmation in the Episcopal Church?
Confirmation is a rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop. (BCP, p 860.)
What is required of those to be confirmed?
It is required of those to be confirmed that they have been baptized, are sufficiently instructed in the Christian Faith, and penitent for their sins, and are ready to affirm their confession of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (BCP, p 860.)
Why should I be confirmed?
This is a personal decision. When you have taken ownership of your faith, it is good to publically acknowledge that before your church community. This is a mature step on your part to take responsibility for your continued faith in Jesus Christ.
Will I be different after I am confirmed?
Since you are being prayed over by the Bishop and you have been strengthened by the Holy Spirit you will be different. Not in big ways, possibly ways only God will notice. Because you have taken ownership for your faith you will make decisions to live out your faith in your speech and action in the decisions you make on a daily basis.
Confirmations normally take place on Easter morning. In preparation for this big day, during the Winter Season, before Easter, Cathedral clergy offer a Confirmation class (one for adults and one for youth) that covers the basics of the Christian faith and what it means to be a Christian in the Anglican Tradition. If you would like to be confirmed, please let us know by filling out the form below and make plans to attend this year's Confirmation Class.