Baptism is one of the sacraments of the Episcopal Church. It signifies full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into the Church, and is a joyous occasion in our beautiful cathedral.
St John’s normally administers the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on four Sundays each year: at the Great Vigil of Easter, All Saints’ Day in the fall, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord in the January, and the Feast of Pentecost in the early summer.
Infant and Child Baptism
Because infants and children are too young to make vows for themselves, parents and sponsors (also known as godparents) make vows on their behalf. We will help you schedule the required preparation and rehearsal meeting. We have special age-appropriate preparation for children who are old enough to speak for themselves (approximately 4 years and older)
We are honored to provide adult baptism and have ongoing opportunities to prepare you to enter more fully into the Christian experience.
Registering Your Baptism
The Episcopal Church recognizes any baptism administered with water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, so you can be registered as a baptized member of St John’s, if you have been baptized in a church other than the Episcopal Church. Please be in touch with the Office, enclose a copy of your baptismal or confirmation certificate, and ask to be registered. If you do not have a certificate, please provide the details of when, where, and in what denomination you were baptized.
Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation
We warmly invite you to strengthen your commitment to your faith through Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation.
In the sacramental rite of Confirmation, baptized persons are “confirmed” in the Christian faith with the laying on of hands by the bishop. A diocesan service of Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation is offered once a year at St. Mark’s Cathedral, and many people choose to be confirmed as a way of affirming their baptisms and of ritually acknowledging a deeper, more mature faith commitment.
Those who have been confirmed in other denominations by a bishop in the historic succession (Roman Catholic, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, or Eastern Orthodox) may be received into the Episcopal Church by the bishop. Many people choose to be Received as a way of affirming their baptisms; of acceding a stronger affinity with the spirituality, ethos, practice, and sensibility of the Episcopal Church; and of ritually acknowledging a deeper, more mature faith commitment. A diocesan service of Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation is offered once a year at St. Mark’s Cathedral.
Those who have been baptized and confirmed in the Episcopal Church (or any member church in the Anglican Communion) and wish to recommit themselves to the Christian life of faith may choose to reaffirm their baptismal covenant with the bishop. A diocesan service of Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation is offered once a year at St. Mark’s Cathedral.
Adults who wish to be confirmed, to be received or to reaffirm their faith may contact the church office.