And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. Matthew 3:16
Baptism in the Episcopal Church – As St. John the Baptist, baptised Jesus in the Jordan river, so too do we celebrate it as a sacred rite in the Episcopal Church. It is a joyous covenant realized by full initiation of water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in this scared rite is indissoluble. In the Episcopal Church, anyone who has been baptized is welcome to take Communion.
“In the waters of baptism, we are lovingly adopted by God into God’s family, which we call the Church, and given God’s own life to share and reminded that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ. Holy Baptism, which can be performed through pouring of water or immersion in it, marks a formal entrance to the congregation and wider Church; the candidates for the sacrament make a series of vows, including an affirmation of the Baptismal Covenant, and are baptized in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are marked as Christ’s own for ever, having “clothed [themselves] with Christ” (Galatians 3:27).”*
Holy Baptism is administered within the Eucharist as the chief service on a Sunday or other feast day, but not during the Lenten season. Each candidate may be sponsored by one or more baptized persons. Sponsors of adults and older children endorse their candidate’s intention and promise to support them in their Christian life through prayer and example. Adults wishing to be baptized undertake a course of instruction and spiritual preparation leading to baptism.