Holy Baptism

  • The Clergy of every parish shall teach the people the meaning of Baptism and the responsibilities  of those who bring children to be bap­tized.

 

 

  • When there are children to be baptized, the parents shall give due notice to the clergy of the Parish, who shall thereupon appoint the time for the Baptism.

 

  • Sponsors and godparents must be baptized Christians and persons of discreet age, and at least two shall be members of the Church of Ireland or of a Church in communion therewith  (Canon 25.4). It is desirable that parents be sponsors for their own children.

 

  • It is desirable that members of the parish be present to support, by their faith and prayer, those who are to be baptized and received into the fellowship of the Church.  Hence the Baptism should ordinarily take place at the time appointed for normal Sunday service.

 

  • When the order of Baptism is used with one of the prescribed services in any church, the clergy may dispense with such parts of that service as the Ordinary shall permit.

 

  • The font should be so situated that Baptism may be administered in an orderly fashion

 

 

The Great Commission of Jesus Christ   (Matthew 28.16-20)

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.  Then Jesus came to them and said,                “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,

baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 

and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

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