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Holy Baptism


Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the church. The bond that God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble. Holy Baptism is appropriately administered within the Eucharist as the chief service on a Sunday or other feast.

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 Baptismal Covenant

The Celebrant asks the following questions of the candidates who can speak for themselves, and of the parents and godparents who speak on behalf of the infants and younger children:

Q.  Do you renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces of wickedness that rebel against God? A.   I renounce them.
Q.    Do you renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God?  A. I renounce them.
Q. Do you renounce all sinful desires that draw you from the love of God? A. I renounce them.
Q. Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Savior? A. I do.
Q. Do you put your whole trust in his grace and love? A. I do.

If you are interested in being baptized, or having your child baptized at Grace Church, please complete and submit this form.