Baptism

Baptism is the gift of our Lord Jesus Christ. When he had risen from the dead, he commanded his followers to go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

(A Prayer Book for Australia)

Baptism is the initiation of a new believer and is a community event of welcome. In the Anglican tradition baptism has two essential features. It always involves water, either poured on the head or by immersion of the believer, symbolising the washing away of sin and the past, and the taking on of a new life. The words invoking the Holy Trinity are used in fulfilment of our Lord’s command.

Anglicans welcome infant baptism where the promises about the faith are made by sponsors, usually parents and god-parents.

Baptism shows that it is by the death and resurrection of Jesus that a person receives new life in God.

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