At Christ Church Cathedral, the sacrament of baptism is celebrated five times each year. These dates correspond to the principal feasts of the church and hold within their commemorations many of the key messages about new life in Jesus Christ.
What is Baptism?
Baptism is the beginning of the life of faith. It is the sign, or sacrament, that Jesus introduced in order to welcome us as a part of his Body, the Church. Baptism is neither an isolated event or a magic moment, but the beginning of a life of faith in, and faithfulness to the God revealed in Jesus Christ.
Baptism is the sign instituted by Jesus to unite us with his own baptism. What happened at Jesus’ death and resurrection is what happens at baptism, so that St. Paul could write, “When we were baptised in Christ Jesus we were baptised in his death; in other words, when we were baptised we went into the tomb with him and joined him in death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father’s glory, we too might live a new life.
– Excerpt from “This is Our Faith” – p.57
Can I Be Baptised?
Baptism is open to all – whether adults or children.
By bringing their child to be baptised, parents are giving a sign to the world, and to others in their worshipping community of their commitment to partner with God for the complete development of their child – body and soul. At the same time, the community commits to partner with these parents in helping to raise these children in just such a way.
Adults who present themselves for baptism make the choice, prompted by the Holy Spirit, to turn towards Christ. Becoming a Christian means turning from the ways of the world, and starting to swim against the culture’s currents with Christ as the new direction for your life. If you find yourself on this journey, you might consider taking the next steps towards baptism.
What is the Process?
All candidates for Baptism should start the process by contacting the one of the Cathedral clergy to begin the process. The process will involve several conversations with a member of our clergy team, some preparatory work, as well as a baptism rehearsal prior to the celebration of baptism.
Adults considering Baptism, Confirmation, Re-Affirmation, or Reception into the Anglican Communion will be required to participate in several Adult Christian Formation courses focused on understanding the Christian Story.
Baptism is Celebrated on:
|Baptism of the Lord||January 8, 2017|
|Easter Sunday||April 16, 2017 (Adults at 6.15am, Children at 8.00am)|
|Feast of Pentecost||June 4, 2017|
|Transfiguration||August 13, 2017|
|Holy Cross||September 11, 2016 | September 14, 2017|
|All Saints||November 6, 2016 | November 5, 2017|
If you are interested in finding out more about baptism at The Cathedral, please contact a member of the Cathedral Clergy