“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
Baptism is the means by which we become members of the community of believers, defined in the New Testament as the Body of Christ. Just as Jesus was baptized with water by John the Baptist, we include people in the community of faith by baptizing them with water. Following a series of questions, responses and prayers, the priest pours water on the candidate. The sign of the cross may be made on their forehead with blessed oil. In the Episcopal Church, a person is baptized only once.
There are four annual celebrations of Baptism when we perform Baptisms at St. Luke’s
- All Saint’s Day – November 6, 2016
- Celebration of Jesus’ Baptism – January 8, 2017
- Easter Vigil (Saturday night before Easter) – April 15, 2017
- Pentecost – June 4, 2017