Holy Baptism as a Sacrament

Holy Baptism is the highpoint of our worship and our life together.  In the mystery of Holy Baptism, we believe that we actually die with Christ to sin and death, and we rise again to freedom and life eternal.  When we baptize infants, it is the parents and sponsors (Godparents) who make promises on behalf of the child.  When we baptize adults, the adult herself or himself renounces evil, affirms faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and joins in promising to uphold the faith of the Church. 

In baptism Holy Water is poured over the head of the person being baptized.  Then Holy Oil is poured on the person's head as the presence of the Holy Spirit is invoked and claimed for this new Christian.  Then the newly baptized is clothed in a white garment, symboling forgiveness of sin and the hope of life eternal with the saints in heaven.  Finally, a candle is give to the newly baptized, symboling that this person now shares in carrying the Light of Christ in to the world.

Holy Baptism at Saint John's

Holy Baptism at Saint John's is a very special time and takes place in the midst of a public service of worship.  

Normally, we baptize at the following major feasts:  

All Saint's Day (November 1)

The Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Early January)

The Easter Vigil (Saturday night before Easter Sunday)

The Day of Pentecost (50 days after Easter Sunday)


The Easter Vigil is the highlight of the Christian year.  If at all possible, you are encouraged to make this service even more special by preparing to receive baptism then. 

To begin the process toward Baptism, please use t
he inquiry form and a priest will contact you to set up an appointment.  Or, if you have any questions at all, please call us at 251-479-5474.

Inquire about Baptism


Last Published: December 22, 2009 2:12 PM
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