Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church. It is a public statement of one’s intentional decision to follow the way of Jesus. In the case of infant baptism, it is the parents’ declaration of their intent to raise a child in the way of Jesus. The bond that God establishes in baptism is indissoluble, so baptism is only administered once.
When you choose to be baptized yourself or to have your child baptized in the Episcopal Church, it means you are choosing to live out the Baptismal Covenant in the context of an Episcopal church community, taking your part in the worship, mission, and ministries of the local parish. Baptism is open to all people, regardless of age or background.
We believe that everyone is on a spiritual journey, and regardless of where you are on that journey you have a place at Epiphany. Baptism is a rite of initiation. It is a promise and a commitment to place God at the center of your life.
WE CELEBRATE BAPTISMS FOUR TIMES THROUGHOUT THE
1. BAPTISM OF OUR LORD, the Sunday immediately following the
Feast of the Epiphany on January 6.
2. THE EASTER VIGIL, the evening before Easter Sunday.
3. PENTECOST, the feast day following the 50 days of Easter.
4. ALL SAINTS’ DAY, usually the first Sunday in November.
|BAPTISM OF OUR LORD||January 10||January 8||January 7|
|EASTER VIGIL||March 26||April 15||March 31|
|PENTECOST||May 15||June 4||May 20|
|ALL SAINTS’ DAY||November 6||November 5||November 4|
A baptism preparation class is offered in conjunction with each of these dates. For all the dates except the Easter Vigil, baptisms occur at the 11:00 am service on Sunday morning, and the class is offered the day before, on Saturday, from 9:00 am to 10:30 am.
If you are considering baptism for either yourself or your child and would like to be added to the list, please contact the Rev. Ruth Anne Garcia.
“Eucharist” comes from the Greek word eucharistia which means “thanksgiving.” The Eucharist is “The Great Thanksgiving” in which we meet God in the ordinary substances of bread and wine. When we partake of the Eucharist, we share in the life of Jesus Christ and become partners with him in his life and death.
At Epiphany, all are welcome to receive communion by partaking of both the bread and the wine, only the bread, or receiving a blessing. To accommodate those with dietary restraints, we also have gluten-free wafers available. The Sunday bulletin contains more instructions for partaking in the Eucharist.