Baptism is one of the two most important sacraments in life of the Church. At its most basic, it involves application of, or immersion in water, as the following words of Trinitarian formula words are announced "I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; a sign of the cross and the giving of a light. At Holy Trinity, Thornhill, as in all Anglican Churches, both infants and adults, are baptized.
In the Sacrament of Holy Baptism a person is initiated into the Christian faith. It has the effect of receiving the individual into the household of God, allowing him to receive the grace of the other sacraments. The intention of baptism is threefold: a renunciation of sin and of all that which is opposed to the will of God (articulated by vows); a statement of belief in God (articulated by the recitation of the Apostles' Creed or Nicene Creed); and a commitment to follow Christ as Lord and Saviour (again, signified by vows). This is summed up in our Baptismal Covenant. “The bond which God establishes in baptism is indissoluble”.
In case of uncertainty about whether a person has received the sacrament of Baptism at an earlier time, he or she may receive the sacrament conditionally. In principle, no one can be baptized more than once. In a conditional baptism, the minister of the sacrament, rather than saying "I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," says "If you are not baptized, I baptize you" etc.
Holy Baptism is normally celebrated on the:
- The Baptism of The Lord
- Third Sunday of Easter
- Day of Pentecost/Whitsunday
- Sunday nearest to All Saints' Day (November 1)
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