What is Baptism?

Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as children and makes us members of Christ's Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God. The outward and visible sign in baptism is water; the inward and spiritual grace is union with Christ in his death and resurrection, birth into God's family the Church, forgiveness of sins, and new life in the Holy Spirit.

Why do we baptize?

We baptize because Jesus himself was baptized, and because he commanded the Church to: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)

Who can be baptized?

Anyone who wants to be baptized and is ready to be baptized may participate in this sacrament. It is required that the person wanting to be baptized renounce Satan, repent of sin, and accept Jesus as Savior.

Why are infants baptized?

Infants are baptized so that they can share citizenship in the Covenant, membership in Christ, and redemption by God. Promises are made for them by their parents and sponsors who guarantee that the infants will be brought up within the Church, to know Christ and to be able to follow him.

What must I do to be baptized or to have my child baptized?

The first step is to call the church office to make an appointment with the Rector. At that time you will be told when the next appointed time for baptism is and what steps need to be taken in terms of instructions and preparation.

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