You are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ's own for ever...



Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body, the church. God establishes an indissoluble bond with each person in baptism. God adopts us, making us members of the church and inheritors of the Kingdom of God (BCP, pp. 298, 858). In baptism we are made sharers in the new life of the Holy Spirit and the forgiveness of sins.

Candidates are baptized "in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit," and then marked on the forehead with the sign of the cross. Chrism may be used for this marking. The newly baptized is "sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ's own for ever."

The Catechism notes that "Infants are baptized so that they can share citizenship in the Covenant, membership in Christ, and redemption by God." The baptismal promises are made for infants by their parents or sponsors, "who guarantee that the infants will be brought up within the Church, to know Christ and be able to follow him" (BCP, pp. 858-859).

How do I go about having myself or my child baptized at St. Monica & St. James?

Simply speak to our Rector (Father William) about scheduling a date for baptism and a time to meet for baptismal preparation.  Preparation for baptism is required by the candidate or the parents of an infant or child and usually consists of one to three meetings with the Father William.  In seeking baptism, you are asking for the support of the church community in your journey and in your child’s growth and development as a person of faith.