About the Sacrament
Baptism is regeneration in Christ and admission to new life in his Church. The Episcopal Church understands that baptism confers full membership in the Church, including participation in Holy Communion; baptism is thus about the community as much as it is about the individual. There is no such thing as a private baptism; candidates are sponsored by parents and Godparents—or in the case of an adult, presented by a beloved friend or family member—and are surrounded and affirmed by the congregation. Accordingly, all baptisms take place during public worship.
According to the Book of Common Prayer, baptism is appropriately administered within the celebration of the Eucharist during the chief service on a Sunday or other feast (BCP 298). Baptism is especially appropriate at the Easter Vigil, on the day of Pentecost, on All Saints’ Day or the Sunday after All Saints’ Day, and on the feast of the Baptism of Our Lord (BCP 312).
The following dates have been reserved for baptisms during 2022 and early 2023:
April 16, 2022 – Holy Saturday (rehearsal: 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 16)
June 5, 2022 – Pentecost (rehearsal: 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 4)
August 28, 2022 (rehearsal: 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 27)
November 6, 2022 – All Saints’ Sunday (rehearsal: 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 5)
January 8, 2023 – Baptism of Our Lord (rehearsal: 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 7)
In keeping with both the Book of Common Prayer the Canons of the Episcopal Church, all candidates for baptism at Saint Michael and All Angels, along with their sponsors (including parents and Godparents), are required to attend preparation classes before they are eligible to receive baptism. The purpose of these classes is to help candidates and their sponsors become familiar with the meaning of baptism, the commitments and responsibilities associated with baptism, and the way baptism informs the life of faith.
It is necessary for candidates and their sponsors to complete preparation classes before scheduling their baptism. The following dates have been reserved for baptism preparation classes during 2022 and early 2023 (candidates and their sponsors should attend both sessions):
February 20-27 – 10:15-10:45 a.m.
April 24-May 1 – 10:15-10:45 a.m.
July 10-17 – 10:15-10:45 a.m.
September 18-25 – 10:15-10:45 a.m.
December 4-11 – 10:15-10:45 a.m.
For more information, please contact Dianne Boyd at (214) 363-5471, ext. 255 or [email protected].