The Order for Infant Baptism

(Note: This form of the Sacrament of Holy Baptism should only be used when an infant is to be baptised. For baptism of those other than an infant, see The Order for Adult Baptism).

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 Priest or Bishop.

The parents, godparents, grandparents, and any others who will be presenting the child for Baptism should be instructed beforehand as to what will happen.

Liturgical Colour-White

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 Aspergill

The Paschal candle should be lit just prior to the Welcome and taken to the Baptismal area.

Holy Baptism

Welcome (Sit)

Priest: We welcome name of parents and join them in giving thanks for the gift of name of child. We celebrate the birth, naming, and baptism of this child, to witness solemn undertakings on his behalf by parents, and godparents, and to ask God's blessings on him.

Thanksgiving (Sit)

Parents: God, our Creator, in giving us this child you have shown us your love. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the joy of this child, for the wonder of his life, for a safe delivery, and for the privilege of being his parents.

Naming (Sit)

Priest: You have brought your child to be welcomed into the household of God and into your circle of family and friends. What name have you chosen?

Parents: Name of child.

Commitments (Sit)

Priest: Will you care for this child, feed him and befriend him, listen to and play with him, keep him safe, and daily share your heart with him?

Parents: We will.

Priest: Will you help your child by your example and your teaching, to be honest, to be responsible, and to help others?

Parents: We will.

Priest: Will you respect, encourage, and guide him, and will you put his true needs before your pleasure? Will you try to order your lives so that your child will be surrounded by love and goodness?

Parents: We will.

Priest: For the sake of your child, will you work at being a good parent, even in conflict? Will you ask forgiveness when you are wrong and forgive when you are wronged?

Parents: We will.

Priest: Do you dedicate your child to God?

Parents: We do.

Priest: Do you dedicate yourself to God, and do you promise with God's help to provide a Christian home for your child, to teach him about Jesus Christ, and to encourage him to know and serve Him?

Parents: We do.

Priest: Will you Godparents be a continuing friend to the Godchild placed under your spiritual parenthood and be ready to help in times of special need?

Godparents: We will.

Priest: Will you pray for him and give your him opportunities to ask questions about your own journey through life?

Godparents: We will.

Priest: Will you bring this child up as a Christian within the family of Christís Holy Church?

Parents and Godparents: We will.

Priest: Will you teach him the Faith, encouraging regular attendance in worship, daily prayer and study, time for meditation and introspection?

Parents and Godparents: We will.

Priest: Finally, will you encourage him to seek Confirmation.

Parents and Godparents: We will.

The Priest then turns to the congregation and motions them to stand.

Priest: Will you, my brothers and sisters, accept this child into the family of Christís Holy Church?

Congregation: We will.

Priest: Will you, by your example and words, teach this child the Faith and encourage him to seek God at all times and in all places?

Congregation: We will.

Priest: Will you teach him to respect all of Godís Creation and to hold all life as a sacred gift from God?

Congregation: We will.

Priest: God bless you all and help you to carry out these promises.

All: Amen.

The Word of God (Sit)

Priest: When the people of Israel were first given guidance as to how to bring up their families, they were told, "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words I command you today shall be in your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up." And the Gospel according to St. Mark tells us, "Then they brought young children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, 'Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.' And He took them up in His arms, put His hands on them, and blessed them." We welcome name of child as Jesus welcomed children.

The Baptism (Sit)

The Priest then turns to the Parents and Godparents

Priest: You have brought this child to be baptized, and now, standing in the presence of God and Holy Mother Church, will you confess the Christian Faith in which he is to be baptized?

Parents and Godparents: We will.

Priest: Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth?

Parents and Godparents: We believe.

Priest: And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell. On the third day He rose again from the dead, and ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. He will come again in glory to judge the quick and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end. Do you believe this?

Parents and Godparents: We believe.

Priest: Do you 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?

Parents and Godparents: We believe.

The priest then takes the child into his arms or by the hand and, if appropriate, asks for the childís baptismal name. If this is not the custom, then the priest takes the child and holds his head over the baptismal font, takes the scallop and baptizes the child, saying...

Priest: In the Name of the Father, I baptize you, full name of child, that He may be your protector. In the Name of the Son, I baptize you, that He may be your Savior. In the name of the Holy Spirit, I baptize you, that He may strengthen and guide you.

Congregation: Amen.

After drying the childís head, he makes the sign of the cross with the Chrism on his forehead, saying...

Priest: I mark you with the sign of the Cross in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Congregation: Amen.

Priest: May the Cross of Christ always be between you and evil powers.

Congregation: Amen.

Priest: May the Cross of Christ always be between you and all ill-will and mishap.

Congregation: Amen.

Priest: May the Cross of Christ always be between you and everything dark or shameful.

Congregation: Amen.

Priest: May the Cross of Christ always be between you and all that hurts or harms your soul.

Congregation: Amen.

Circling Prayer and Blessing (Stand)

The priest then takes the Baptismal candle and lights it from the Paschal Candle. He presents it to the parents, saying...

Priest: As this candle is lit from the Paschal flame, so may this childís faith be lit from the Father above. Take this candle and keep it and on the first anniversary of name of childís baptism, I encourage you to light it again, in remembrance of this event.

The Parents, Godparents and as many members of the congregation as space permits encircle the child as he is held by the Priest.

Priest: Christ as a light, illumine and guide you. Christ as a shield, overshadow you. Christ under you; Christ over you; Christ beside you; Christ ahead of you; Christ within you. Christ in the heart of friend and stranger. Christ as your light, every day of your lives. Circle him, Lord.

Congregation: Keep out harm.

Priest: Circle him, Lord.

Congregation: Keep out evil.

Priest: Circle him, Lord.

Congregation: Keep out strife.

Priest: Circle him, Lord.

Congregation: Keep peace within.

Priest: Circle him, Lord.

Congregation: Keep love within.

Priest: Circle him, Lord.

Congregation: Keep trust within.

Prayer for the Parents (Stand)

Priest: Father of love, accept the thanksgiving of these parents. May their spirits be lifted to you now in humble gratitude, and always turn to you for help and strength. Give them wisdom, tenderness, and patience, to guide their child to know right from wrong.

Congregation: Amen.

Final Blessing of the Child (Stand)

Priest: God's peace be with you, name of child, whatever you do. God's light to guide you wherever you go. God's goodness to fill you and help you to grow.

Congregation: Amen.

The priest then presents the child to the people, saying...

Priest: My brothers and sisters, we bring before you our new brother, name of child.

All: We welcome you into the household of faith, name of child. We promise to watch over you, protect you, and teach you the ways of the Faith. Be wise, little brother/sister, and know that there is one Faith, one hope, and one baptism, one God and Father of all.

Priest: The Lord be with you

All: And with your spirit

The Mass continues with the Offertory.