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Baptism


“…the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church,

and inheritors of the kingdom of God.” (BCP, p. 858)

We're glad you're interested in Baptism at St. Alban’s! Whether infant, child, youth, or adult, all are invited to experience the grace of God through the waters of new birth. As one of two principle sacraments shared throughout the Christian church around the world, Baptism is a powerful and important occasion in both the life of the individual and the community.

Through baptism we are made “children of God” and “member’s of Christ’s Body, the Church.” Both are important. Both are highly valued at St. Alban’s, as we take very seriously the community’s promise in the Baptismal liturgy to “do all in [our] power to support these persons in their life in Christ.”

In the Episcopal tradition, a person may be baptized at any age. Adults participate in classes to prepare them for the sacrament. For infant and child baptisms, a class and a rehearsal are scheduled before each baptism to prepare parents and godparents.

The sacrament of Baptism is celebrated in a public rite, almost always on Sundays, and is especially appropriate on those days, such as All Saints or Pentecost, when the meaning of baptism can be particularly highlighted. Adult baptism is most appropriate at the Easter Vigil, the first service of Easter day. Baptisms are not normally celebrated during the season of Lent.

On baptismal Sundays we offer baptism during either of our regularly scheduled worship services so that individuals or families may choose the service they attend most often. If St. Alban’s is not already your spiritual home, please consider coming by one Sunday to join in the worship and fellowship. Baptism can be a wonderful first-step in becoming part of the St. Alban’s community.

Interested in learning more or in speaking with a priest about baptism? Please call (703.256.2966) or email.