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Baptisms

Holy Baptism is a sacrament by which God welcomes new members into Christ’s Body, the Christian Church, and offers them a place in the reign of God as expressed through the Christian faith. The outward and visible sign in Baptism is water, in which an individual is baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. The inward and spiritual grace in Baptism is the baptized person’s union with Christ, birth into God’s household, forgiveness of sins, and new life in the Holy Spirit.

At Holy Trinity, we delight in welcoming the newly baptized as partners with us in Christ’s life and ministry, and would welcome the opportunity to talk more about the Church’s expectations for you and the practicalities of preparing for Baptism.

Who Can Be Baptized?

Anyone who seeks God and is drawn to Jesus Christ is welcome to receive the sacrament of Holy Baptism. God’s invitation extends to people of all ages, from infants to the very aged, and from every kind of background. 

The Church's Expectations Around Baptism

Because Baptism is a rite of initiation and welcome, the Church yearns for the newly baptized to have an authentic relationship with the Christian community. A mark of this relationship will be regular participation in the life of a particular parish. At Holy Trinity, we invite families of candidates and the candidates for Baptism to take seriously this aspect of the Christian life and to express their sincere commitment to “continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 304).

When Are Baptisms Offered?

The Christian Church calendar has four primary feast days on which Baptisms are especially appropriate. They are the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord in January, the Easter Vigil in early spring, the Day of Pentecost in late spring, and All Saints’ Day in November. At Holy Trinity, we encourage baptisms on one of these joyous occasions. If circumstances necessitate a different date, however, execeptions are sometimes made to accomodate. Because Baptism is an initiation into the Christian community, and is therefore a public occasion, baptism almost always takes place at one of our Sunday worship services.

To pursue the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, the first place to start would be to attend our church some Sunday and see how it suits you.  You might also prefer to call the parish office and speak with the priest to talk about parish expectations and scheduling.  You may reach him at 212-289-4100, ext. 2014 or by email at jfbeddingfield@holytrinity-nyc.org.

Who Can Be Godparents?

Every candidate for Baptism is accompanied in their faith journey by a sponsor (for adults) or godparent (for children). The commitment of the sponsor or godparent is to support the candidate in the Christian faith and life. Anyone can serve in this role, including persons from other faith traditions or no faith tradition, as long as the individual is sincere in promising to support the candidate’s spiritual growth as a Christian.

How Do I Prepare for Baptism?

Candidates for Baptism, or their parents and godparents when the candidate is an infant, enter into a time of holy preparation before the Baptism. The preparation usually includes a session or two with the clergy, but can involve more extension formation, depending on the candidate’s age, background, and desire. During this time, candidates reflect prayerfully on the five promises of The Baptismal Covenant (Book of Common Prayer, pp. 304-305), which serve as a foundation for their commitment to the Christian faith and life.