The Baptism Liturgy
The Church celebrates baptism as a joyful and prayerful experience for all who are involved. The celebration especially requires the active participation of the parents and godparents of the child who is being baptized. It is a sacred time that needs to be respected by all who are participating and witnessing.
While there is no specific dress code for those attending the baptism, modest conservative wear is suggested. As it is always appropriate and welcome for gentlemen who feel comfortable wearing a suit and tie and ladies to wear semi-casual clothing, business casual attire or equivalent thereto, is just as appropriate especially in South Florida.
Due to the sacredness of the liturgy, it must reflect a respectful and reverent atmosphere at all times. Therefore, it is prohibited to talk, text or stream on cell phones or any digital devices while inside the church and during the liturgy. These devices must be turned off or placed in vibrate/silent mode. Additionally, it is not permitted to eat, drink, chew gum, smoke or use vaporizers, inside the church. Should the need arise for someone to engage in any of these activities, we kindly ask they quietly step outside the church, as to not distract from the celebration of the sacrament.
Pictures and Video
The family is welcome to take photos and video of the Baptism Liturgy for the purpose of recording this very special event in the life of the child to be baptized. We suggest that a member(s) of the family be designated to take the photos and video, and not the parents or godparents, whose role is to participate in the liturgy. Professional photographers hired by the family are welcome, but must be made aware that their work must not disturb the liturgy or interfere with other people’s right to enjoy the ceremony.
The following is an outline of the ceremony:
Reception of the Child
- Naming of the child
- Statement of intentions by the parents and godparents
- Claiming for Christ
Celebration of God’s Word and Preparation for Baptism
- Readings from the Holy Scriptures
- Intercessions (Prayers of the Faithful)
- Litany of the Saints
- Prayer of Exorcism and Anointing before Baptism
Celebration of the Sacrament
- Blessing of the Baptismal Water
- Renunciation of Sin and Profession of Faith
- Anointing with Chrism (Holy Oil)
- Clothing in White Garment
- Lighted Candle
- Ephphetha (Prayer over Ears and Mouth)
- The Lord’s Prayer