Holy Baptism for Adults
Baptism is appropriately administered within the Mass between the Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion as the chief service on a Sunday or other feast day. Holy Baptism is especially appropriate at the Easter Vigil, on the Day of Pentecost, on All Saintís Day or the Sunday after All Saintís Day, and on the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord (The First Sunday after the Epiphany)
Baptism may be administered by a Deacon, Priest, or Bishop.
The Baptismal Font should be filled with clean, warm water which has been blessed by a Priest prior to the service. There should be laid on a table beside the font the following items:
A clean towel
A scallop shell (natural is preferred. Silver or some other metal can be used)
The Oil of Chrismation
A small baptism candle
The Paschal candle should be lit just prior to the Welcome and taken to the Baptismal area.
St. Patrick's Creed (Stand)
A: There is no other god, nor ever was, nor ever will be than God the Father, unbegotten, without beginning, from whom is all beginning, the Lord of the Universe, as we have been taught; and His Son Jesus Christ, whom we declare to have always been with the Father, spiritually and ineffably begotten by the Father, before the beginning of the world, before all beginning; and by Him are made all things visible and invisible. He was made man, and, having defeated death, was received into heaven by the Father, and He has given Him all power over all names in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue shall confess to Him that Jesus Christ is Lord and God, in whom we believe, and whose advent we expect soon to be, Judge of the living and of the dead, who will render to all according to their deeds; and He has poured forth upon us abundantly the Holy Spirit, the gift and pledge of immortality, who makes those who believe and obey children of God and joint heirs with Christ; and Him do we confess and adore, one God (+) in the Trinity of the Holy Name. Amen
Collect for Baptism (Sit or Kneel)
P: Almighty God, by our baptism into the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ, you turn us from the old life of sin; Grant that we, being reborn to new life in him, may live in righteousness and holiness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
The congregation may sit during the presentation. Those to receive the sacrament of Holy Baptism are presented to the priest by their sponsor(s) in turn.
Sponsor: I present Name to receive the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.
The Priest addresses the baptismal candidate(s).
Priest: Do you desire to be baptized?
Candidate: I do.
All Candidates respond to the following in unison.
Priest: Do you renounce Satan and all spiritual forces which rebel against God?
Candidate: I renounce Satan.
Priest: Do you renounce all evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God?
Candidate: I renounce all evil powers.
Priest: Do you renounce all sinful desires that draw you away from the love of God?
Candidate: I renounce all sinful desires.
Priest: Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Savior?
Candidate: I turn to Jesus Christ my Savior.
Priest: Do you put your whole trust in his grace and love?
Candidate: I put my trust in Christ.
Priest: Do you promise to follow and obey him as your Lord?
Candidate: I will follow and obey the Lord.
The Priest addresses the congregation.
Priest: Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support these persons in their life in Christ?
The congregation will stand and respond.
Congregation: We will.
P: Let us demonstrate this support by repeating the baptismal covenant with these persons, and thereby renew our own vows. Do you believe in God the Father?
A: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
P: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
A: I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
P: Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
A: I believe in the Holy Spirit, The holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
P: Will you continue in the Apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bead, and in the prayers?
A: I will.
P: Will you persevere in resisting evil and, when ever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
A: I will.
P: Will you proclaim the Good News of God in Christ in both word and deed?
A: I will.
P: Will you seek to serve Christ in all persons, and love your neighbor as yourself?
A: I will.
P: Let us pray.
All kneel or sit.
P: Deliver us, O Lord, from the ways of sin and death; open our hearts to your love and grace. Fill us with your holy and life-giving Spirit, who teaches us how to love others; and keep us in the faith and communion of your holy church.
A: Lord, hear our prayer. Amen.
P: Grant, O Lord, that all who are baptized into the death of Jesus Christ your Son may live in the power of his resurrection, and look with hope for him to again in glory.
A: Lord, hear our prayer. Amen
P: The Lord be with you.
C: And also with you.
P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C: It is right to give him thanks and praise.
P: Blessed are You, O Lord, High King of the Universe; from Your infinite goodness You have given us the gift of water. At creation Your Spirit moved over it; out of bondage in Egypt You led the children of Israel through it; from the hand of Your servant John, Your Son was baptized by it to receive Your anointing as the Messiah, the Christ. We thank You now, O Father, for the water of Baptism: in it we are reminded of His death, by it we share in His resurrection, through it we are reborn to await joyfully His coming in glory. Send Your Spirit, O God, to sanctify (+) this water here now. Cleanse those here from sin, and give them new life in our risen Savior Jesus Christ. By Him + and with Him (+) and in Him (+), in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father, now and for ever.
The candidates are then presented by name to the priest, who then immerses, pours, or sprinkles water upon, each, saying the following:
P: Name, I baptize you, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
The priest then makes the sign of the cross on the forehead, using holy oil or chrism, saying the following:
P: I mark you with the sign of the cross: may the cross of Christ always be between you and all evil powers; may the cross of Christ always be between you and all ill will; may the cross of Christ always be between you and all shameful things; may the cross of Christ be between you and all hurt or harm.
Let us welcome our new brother(s) and/or sister(s).
C: May the presence of the Father protect you, watch over your head, and keep you from dread. May the presence of the Son your Redeemer keep you whole and well, and save you from the jaws of hell. May the presence of the Spirit strengthen, guide, lead, and empower, to give you hope in your darkest hour. We place you in the love and joy of the Holy and Blessed Three, into their peace and power, into their hands, into their love. Amen.
The Peace (Stand)
P: The Lord be with you
A: And with your spirit
The Mass continues with the Offertory.