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Baptism

The Sacraments of the Episcopal church are “outward and visible signs of an inward and spiritual grace.” Baptism and Eucharist are the two great sacraments given by Christ to his church. The Episcopal church recognizes five others: Confirmation, Ordination, Holy Matrimony, Reconciliation of a Penitent and Unction (the anointing of the sick with oil or the laying on of hands.) You can find these listed in the Book of Common Prayer, pp 860-861.

About Baptism

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.

— The Book of Common Prayer, 1979

It is appropriately administered within the Eucharist as the chief service on a Sunday or other feast. Infants, youth, and adults may be baptized. Baptism into the church involves a commitment by all members of the congregation to educate and nurture the newly baptized in faith. The aim of that process is two-fold: to celebrate and support the person in the life of the church at every stage of his or her development and in the case of children, to nurture the child into mature adult participation in the worship, service, and witness that mark the life of the Eucharistic community.

 

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