Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. The sacred bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble–it unites us with Christ in his death and resurrection and grants us forgiveness and new life in the Holy Spirit.
At St. Michael’s baptisms are joyful, important events celebrated within the entire St. Michael’s community, which traditionally take place at these times of the year:
- Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord (early January)
- The Great Vigil of Easter
- Pentecost (mid-May to mid-June)
- All Saints Sunday (first week of November)
Confirmation, Reception, Reaffirmation
Our Book of Common Prayer says “Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.” It is also the way in which one formally joins the Episcopal Church.
Many baptized as infants are confirmed as a way to reaffirm their Christian faith; but for those baptized as adults, Confirmation can be a meaningful experience that roots one’s Christian identity within the Episcopal family of God and marks a deepening of one’s spiritual growth.
Reception is a liturgical ceremony for welcoming, from other denominations, Christians who have already been confirmed. Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows is an opportunity for any reason to renew, in the midst of the parish community, one’s commitment to Christ.
If you or your teenager is interested in one of these opportunities for spiritual growth and community celebration, please contact one of our priests.
The following books, both by Episcopal educator Jenifer Gamber, are classic guides to preparing for confirmation or reception in the Episcopal Church: