Baptism is a celebration of the whole community.
“We receive you into the household of God. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood.” This proclamation, from the Book of Alternative Services, which welcomes the newly baptized, reflects what Baptism is meant to be. In Baptism we both welcome people into our faith community and entrust them to join us, in word and action, in living out a life in obedience to the teachings of Jesus Christ.
While common experience in the Anglican tradition is the Baptism of newborns, there is no age limit. Baptism may take place at any age, infant to adult. Baptism has to do with commitment to a way of life, not something “to be done” out of tradition or to fulfill the expectations of others. For this reason, so-called “private Baptism” is not our common practice in the Anglican Church.
If you are considering Baptism for yourself, or for a member of your family, please contact the Cathedral office and you will be directed to one of our clergies who will be happy to discuss this important decision with you.
There are certain times in the Church calendar that are more appropriate for Baptism to be celebrated so there may be a period between your initial inquiry and the actual event.