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Church of the Holy Spirit
Episcopal Church

Holy Baptism

The Book of Common Prayer defines Holy Baptism as:

"...full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body the Church." (BCP, 298)

Holy Baptism is thus fundamental to our identity as Christian people. In Baptism we are taken in the divine life of Christ and enabled and empowered to live as Christ's representatives participating in God's mission of reconciliation. The baptized life is one of supreme joy where we come face-to-face with the generous love of God and then endeavor to live in such a way that others can share in that love. That baptized life is not to be taken lightly. It incorporates us into a larger mission and calls us to work on God's behalf towards the ultimate reconciliation of our world. If you are considering baptism for yourself or as a sponsor for someone else, we would love to walk with you as you prayerfully discern this decision.

At Church of the Holy Spirit, Holy Baptism is incorporated into the liturgical life of the Church. The Book of Common Prayer names the following occassions as "especially appropriate" for Holy Baptism:

  • The Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (the First Sunday after the Epiphany)
  • The Eve of the Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord (Easter Vigil)
  • The Feast of Pentecost (Eighth Sunday of Easter)
  • The Feast of All Saints (November 1)
  • Whenever the Bishop is in residence

Other dates are permissable at the discretion of the Priest-in-Charge. Such permission is extended only for extinuating pastoral circumstances.

For adults who are looking to be baptized, you should contact our priest, Father Marcus Halley (mhalley@episcopalct.org). The priest will work with you to create a program for spiritual reflection and education to not only help you understand the significance of baptism in your life, but provide you with the tools to live the Christian life. Adult Baptisms are most appropriate at the Easter Vigil, but can be scheduled throughout the year on the dates listed above.

For parents/guardians looking to sponsor their child/ren for baptism, you should contact our priest, Father Marcus Halley (mhalley@episcopalct.org). The priest will schedule a conversation to help you explore the meaning of baptism as well as provide you with the tools to support your vocation as Christian parents/guardians. You can also fill out our Baptism Registration Form.