Baptismal liturgy (for Sophie Lohr, but others welcome to revise, rename, and use)

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DEACON GIVES WELCOME

PRIEST: LET US DRAW NEAR TO GOD AS WE BEGIN THIS BAPTISMAL SERVICE
AND LET US DO THIS AS WE DO ALL THINGS,
IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER
AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY GHOST.

PRIEST: MAY GOD BE WITH YOU.
All: And also with you.

PRIEST: LET US PRAY AS OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST HAS TAUGHT US.

All: Our Father who art in Heaven
hallowed be thy name
thy kingdom come
thy will be done
on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day
our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who tresspass against us.
And lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom
and the power and the glory
Forever. Amen.

P: DEARLY BELOVED, WE ARE MET HERE TODAY TO BAPTIZE (name: SOPHIE LOUISE LOHR),
GIFT OF GOD TO (name/s : ,ANDREW AND WENDY LOHR),
INTO THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY GHOST.

Deacon: PLEASE STAND.
LET US PAY ATTENTION TO GOD’S WORD
FROM THE HOLY GOSPEL ACCORDING TO SAINT MATTHEW.

All: Glory to you, O Lord.

Reader: Then Jesus said to his disciples,
Given to me is all authority in Heaven and on earth.
Go ye therefore and disciple all the ethnic groups,
baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to obey all orders whatsoever I have ordered you.
And look, I myself with you I am,
into the ages of the ages. Amen.

The gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

READER: BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HEAR THE WORD OF GOD,
BUT MORE BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO LIVE BY THESE THINGS,
IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY GHOST.

SERMON

PRIEST: Andrew has asked permission to preach about baptism in general,
and to add short explanations at some later parts of the service.
Andrew?

Andrew:
First because it’s easiest, why are we going to baptize with water from above
rather than by immersion? Because Paul in Corinthians says the Israelites
were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. What do clouds do?
Send down water from above–as in fact Psalm 77:17 says of those days. What did the sea do?
It immersed the Egyptians, but not the Israelites. And likewise, in a passage I’ll get back to,
Peter says baptism now saves us like Noah and his crew were saved by water.
Who got rained on? Noah and the ark. Who got immersed? Everybody else.
And again, on the day of Pentecost the Church got baptized by fire–“cloven tongues like as
of fire, and it sat upon each of them.” But on the day of Judgment, “death and Hell were thrown
into the lake of fire”–they were immersed–as John saw in Revelation 20.
So Biblically, water from above is showers of blessing, and immersion is damnation. I suppose
someone who is immersed does have water fall down on their head, but do we really want to follow
the example of death and hell, of the Egyptians, and of the lost world?

Now some say “baptism” simply means “immersion,” but that’s wrong: besides the way the Bible uses the word,
which I”ve just mentioned, one old Greek example speaks of a flying bird pierced by an arrow
baptizing the clouds with its blood. Some say baptized people went down into the water and came up.
I suppose they did, rather than reach way way down to get a handful of water, but Acts 8 says not just
the Ethiopian eunuch being baptized, but also Philip baptizing him, went down into the water and came up.
Does this mean Philip was immersed? Obviously not; so neither was the eunuch.

And Romans 6 says “so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death.
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death, that like as Christ was raised up from the dead
by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Some people focus on
“buried with him in baptism” as if that meant immersion. But Jesus wasn’t buried down like an American;
he was buried sideways into a tomb with a stone in front. And the text speaks of baptism into death; being baptized
into the DEATH of Christ, and he DIED upright on the cross,accomplishes the burying with him.
So how do we connect with death?
The Old Testament, which Hebrews says contains “many washings”–more literally, many baptisms–
gives several ways to connect with death: sprinkling with blood, smearing with blood, putting hands on the head
of an animal to be sacrificed–but immersion is not one of the ways.
Our Lord Jesus is called “the Christ,” which does NOT mean “the immersed;” it means the Anointed–the poured-out-upon.
And we are “Christians,” like Christ.

More important, who should be baptized? Why are we baptizing Sophie, who is too young
to talk about her faith or her repentance? Should children be baptized?
Now there’s one good set of answers that focuses on the grownups who bring children to be baptized–
why did God ever command that newborn boys be circumcized?
but I’m going to focus on Sophie and Jesus. I like to say: Jesus is normal–the rest of us are weird.
So if Jesus was ever too young to trust God the Father, when did Jesus get saved? If we’re saved by faith
and children cannot have faith, do young children who die go to Hell? I answer, children can trust
their parents, and children can trust God, even before they can talk about faith. Jesus was conceived
by the Holy Ghost: a material miracle in the womb. Can the Holy Ghost not work spiritual miracles even in young
children? John the Baptist leaped for joy in his mother’s womb at the greeting of the mother of Jesus,
and was prophecied to be filled with the Holy Ghost from his mother’s womb. (I like to say John
was born again before he was born.) David speaks of having hope
before he was weaned, praying in Psalm 22: “You are He that took me out of the womb; you did make me hope
upon my mother’s breasts. I was thrown upon You from the womb; You are my God from my mother’s belly.”
Psalm 8 speaks of babies and unweaned children praising the Lord. So it seems to me that children, like grownups,
are saved by faith, and infant baptism is believers’ baptism. We preach the gospel even to our babies, and we
presume that they believe it. Babies who don’t hear the gospel, the good news of King Jesus,
don’t have the opportunity to believe in Him and be part of His Kingdom. This isn’t just theory.
My friend Tim English has been a Christian as long as he can remember,
and Nathan Chilton’s testimony was “I love God. I always have.”

In this connection I gotta tell a story. When I was babysitting Kira and Kathy, I had put Kathy to bed one night
and Kira came in late. Kathy, who was about the age Sophie is now,
woke up and toddled out into the hall, not knowing what was going on.
She saw me, lit up, and toddled up to me, and I picked her up and hugged her and got her back in bed. She trusted me.
She had faith in me. So Wendy and I are teaching our children about God and to trust in God, and we expect
that they trust Him more than they can say, and will learn better and better, as we all need to be learning
to trust God better and better.

And most important, what is baptism? Peter after mentioning Noah says “baptism now saves us: not the putting away
of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
Obviously Peter who had 3000 people get baptized with water on the day of Pentecost, and who called for water
to baptize Cornelius and his household, is not putting down the water of baptism. I like to say that water doesn’t save us,
but if we don’t love Jesus Christ enough to face the water,
we’re probably not saved. My friend Peter Leithart points out it isn’t water that saves us
according to Peter the apostle, it’s “baptism,” something we do that includes water.

And saving baptism is inside us –the answer of a good conscience toward God–
not just outside–water and ceremony.

And not just inside us, but we can get a good conscience
“by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” The wages of sin is death. You and I deserve death for our sins:
we have not loved God, who gives us life and breath, as He deserves and requires,
and we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
If Jesus Christ had died and stayed dead, that would show that sin and death had conquered him;
that we can have no hope in him. But he is risen from the dead; he is risen indeed, hallelujah!
His resurrection shows that he defeated sin, and thus defeated death. So if we believe in our hearts
that he is risen from the dead, if we really believe this, then we believe he defeated sin,
and that we can partake of his victory. He died for our sins: we can be forgiven. He rose up
from the dead: we are to live in line with him, not in line with sin. “Like as Christ was raised up from the dead
by the glory of the father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Or as Paul told the Athenians,
the resurrection of Jesus Christ shows that God now requires all men everywhere to repent. Jesus was a baby once;
God can take care of babies, they can be part of his family and eat at his table. Babies can trust him
and grow up trusting him, having a good conscience toward God by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

For water baptism all we REALLY need is to apply water in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.
The other things we’ll be doing in this service bring to mind things in the Bible and in our lives,
they give us pictures of God at work and things to pray about. And just as God uses the physical voice
and the physical throat of a preacher to preach Jesus Christ
so that sinners get saved by the Holy Ghost, so God may choose to use
these physical things we do with salt, oil and so on to give blessings.
Baptism itself is called a “sacrament.” These other things–salt, oil, and so on–
are called “sacramentals,” little sacraments or things like sacraments.
Since we’re doing them I’ll talk briefly,
item by item, about how we can use them, but they’re not really necessary for baptism. They often show us
what we can want God to do in us. Those who do use these customs may be able to use reminders of some of what they can mean,
and for those who don’t use them I hope these explanations bring them into the picture,
help them understand what’s going on here.

PRIEST: (Parents name/s: ANDREW AND WENDY,) SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF (name: SOPHIE),
DO YOU, IN FELLOWSHIP WITH THE WORLDWIDE AND HISTORY-LONG CHURCH,
BELIEVE IN GOD THE FATHER ALMIGHTY, CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH?
Parent/s: I/We do.

PRIEST: DO YOU BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST HIS ONLY SON OUR LORD,
WHO WAS BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY,
WAS CRUCIFIED, DIED AND WAS BURIED,
ON THE THIRD DAY ROSE FROM THE DEAD,
AND IS NOW SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER,
FROM WHERE HE SHALL COME TO JUDGE THE LIVING AND THE DEAD?
Parent/s: I/We do.

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 ETERNAL LIFE?
Parent/s: I/We do.

PRIEST: DO YOU PROMISE TO REAR (name: SOPHIE) IN THE BIBLICAL, APOSTOLIC
AND TRUE FAITH YOU HAVE JUST CONFESSED?
Parent/s: I/we do.

PRIEST: ‘GODPARENTS.” ANDREW?

Andrew on “Godparents”:

Some churches have official “Godparents” for people being baptized,
who promise to try to help the baptized person live and improve as a Christian, or
“Sponsors,” who advise the Church to baptize this person. Churches which baptize babies
but make them wait until “confirmation,” sometimes around age 12, before letting them eat
at the Lords’ table, ask the Godparents to make sure the baby being baptized gets “confirmed”
if the parents can’t do it. Since we admit all baptized people to God’s table, without waiting
for “confirmation,” Godparents make less difference to us than to some churches,
but we will remind our brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus
that we should encourage one another to become better and better Christians.

(If there are official Godparents, they can be named, stand up, and be thanked now.)

Thank you for honoring little (name/Sophie) and us by coming.
We ask you to pray that Sophie live for God’s glory, when God gives you an impulse to pray
for her. We ask that you give her whatever encouragement and help in her Christian life
falls to your lot to give. I suppose we should all do this for each other in Christ Jesus,
but since this is (name’s/Sophie/s) baptism I suppose this is a good time to say we’ll do it
for (her/him). Will you all please by prayer, word, and deed help (name/Sophie) live for Jesus?

All: We will, with God’s help.

(Godparents can sit down).

PRIEST: ANDREW?

Andrew on sign of cross:

Jesus Christ died on the cross at Calvary just once, one perfect sacrifice,
to redeem all his people. Along with painted and carved and printed crosses,
Christians from the early Church to now have moved our hands in cross-shaped gestures
called “the sign of the cross” to remind ourselves–and remind God and the angels and demons–
of salvation by the cross of Christ. When we truly trust in Christ
and our heart agrees with the sign, we can use it to thank God. We can use it as a shorthand
in prayer that He who gave us Christ give us perfect obedience
of Jesus Christ our Lord, doing what our Father in Heaven wanted Him to do
even to suffering death on the cross.
We can remind any angels paying attention about God’s glory in the cross,
and remind any demons paying attention
that they are clueless losers, for God defeated them in what looked like their victory.
So the priest will make the sign of the cross on (name/Sophie).

PRIEST: (taking child, with his thumb traces the sign of the Cross
on the forehead and breast of the baptismal candidate while saying:)
RECEIVE THE MARK OF THE CROSS ON YOUR + FOREHEAD AND WITHIN YOUR + HEART.
EMBRACE THE FAITH WITH ITS DIVINE TEACHINGS AND LIVE IN SUCH A MANNER
THAT YOU WILL INDEED BE A TEMPLE OF GOD, A HOUSE FOR HIM TO LIVE IN.
GLORY TO YOU, LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHO BEING FULL OF THE HOLY GHOST
ENDURED THE CROSS, AND HAVING RISEN FROM THE DEAD
AND ASCENDED TO THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD THE FATHER,
HAVE RECEIVED ALL AUTHORITY IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH.

PRIEST: Andrew?

Andrew: This part is called “THE EXORCISM.” We have no reason to think the devil and demons
are paying any special attention to (name/Sophie), but we’ll ask God to protect (him/her)
and to make (him/her) holy.

(Priest faces the candidate as he says:)
STAY AWAY FROM HIM/HER, UNCLEAN SPIRIT,
AND GIVE PLACE TO THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE CONSOLER.

P; LET US PRAY. WE BEG YOU, LORD GOD, TO GRACIOUSLY HEAR OUR PRAYERS.
GUARD YOUR CHOSEN ONE (name, e.g. SOPHIE) WITH THE NEVER FAILING POWER OF THE ONE CROSS OF CHRIST,
WITH WHICH S/HE HAS BEEN MARKED, LEADING HIM/HER NOT INTO TEMPTATION
BUT DELIVERING HIM/HER FROM THE EVIL. PROTECT HIM/HER SO THAT,
REMAINING TRUE TO THE FIRST LESSONS THAT S/HE HAS LEARNED
ABOUT THE GREAT GLORY THAT YOU WILL CONFER ON HIM/HER,
S/HE MAY, BY TRUSTING YOU WITH SUCH A FAITH AS EAGERLY DOES GOOD WORKS,
AND LOVING YOU WITH A LOVE THAT OBEYS YOUR ORDERS,
ATTAIN TO THE GLORY WHICH MATURES FROM FROM THE NEW BIRTH.
WE ASK THIS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.

All: Amen.

PRIEST: LET US PRAY FURTHER. ALMIGHTY AND ETERNAL GOD, FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,
LOOK WITH FAVOR UPON YOUR SERVANT (NAME/Sophie) WHOM YOU HAVE CALLED TO TAKE HIS/HER FIRST OFFICIAL STEP
IN THE CHRISTIAN FAITH. TAKE FROM HIM/HER ALL BLINDNESS OF HEART.
FREE HIM/HER FROM THE SNARES OF SATAN WHICH THREATEN HIM/HER. OPEN TO HIM/HER, LORD,
THE GATE OF YOUR MERCY. THEN, SEASONED BY THE SALT WHICH SYMBOLIZES YOUR WISDOM, MAY S/HE
BE RELIEVED OF THE CORRUPTION OF EVIL DESIRES; AND FINDING PLEASURE AND DELIGHT
IN THE KEEPING OF YOUR COMMANDMENTS, MAY S/HE SERVE YOU IN YOUR CHURCH AND MAKE PROGRESS
FROM DAY TO DAY IN THE WAY OF PERFECTION. WE ASK THIS IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.

All: Amen.

Priest: “THE BLESSING OF THE SALT.” Andrew?

Andrew: In the Old Testament some offerings, if not all, were salted, and we hear
of “a covenant of salt” with Aaron and his children, and one with David and his children.
Elisha healed a spring of water with salt. Jesus calls Christians “the salt of the earth”
and Paul in Colossians says our words should always offer grace “seasoned with salt”
to answer everyone the right way. So we’ll give (name/Sophie) a little salt,
a tasty preservative, a “sacramental” (which means something like a little sacrament),
an active picture drawing on Biblical actions with salt.

PRIEST: WE BEG YOU, O LORD OUR GOD, TO SANCTIFY + THIS SALT WHICH YOU HAVE CREATED
AND TO + BLESS IT SO THAT IT MAY BECOME THE PERFECT MEDICINE FOR ALL WHO RECEIVE IT
AND ALWAYS WORK ITS GOOD IN EVERY FIBER OF THEIR BEING. IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,
WHO WILL COME TO JUDGE THE LIVING AND THE DEAD AND THE WORLD BY FIRE.

All: Amen.

PLACING A GRAIN OF SALT ON THE TONGUE OF THE BAPTISMAL CANDIDATE THE PRIEST CONTINUES:
(NAME/Sophie), RECEIVE THE SALT, WHICH SYMBOLIZES WISDOM. MAY IT COME WITH GOD’S GRACES
FOR EVERLASTING LIFE.

PRIEST: PEACE BE WITH YOU.

All: And also with you.

PRIEST: LET US PRAY. GOD OF OUR FATHERS, GOD THE AUTHOR OF ALL TRUTH, WE HUMBLY BEG OF YOU
TO LOOK WITH FAVOR ON THIS YOUR SERVANT (NAME/Sophie) WHO HAS TASTED THIS SALT WE’VE PRAYED OVER.
SATISFY HIM/HER WITH THE BREAD OF HEAVEN SO THAT S/HE MAY BE FOREVER FERVENT IN SPIRIT,
JOYFUL IN HOPE, AND ZEALOUS IN YOUR SERVICE. WE ASK YOU, LORD, TO BAPTIZE HIM/HER
BY YOUR HOLY SPIRIT AS WELL AS WITH THE WATER OF VISIBLE OBEDIENCE, SO THAT S/HE BE BORN AGAIN
AND WITH ALL WHO BELIEVE IN YOU WILL OBTAIN THE UNENDING REWARDS YOU HAVE PROMISED YOUR CHILDREN.
WE ASK THIS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.

All: Amen.

CELEBRANT LAYS HIS HAND ON THE CANDIDATE AND CONTINUES:
LET US PRAY. LORD GOD, HOLY FATHER, ALMIGHTY AND EVERLIVING GOD,
SOURCE OF ALL LIGHT AND TRUTH, I BESEECH YOUR NEVER-ENDING AND MOST HOLY MERCY
UPON THIS SERVANT OF YOURS. MAY IT PLEASE YOU TO GRANT HIM/HER THE LIGHT OF YOUR WISDOM.
CLEANSE HIM/HER AND MAKE HIM/HER HOLY. GIVE HIM/HER TRUE KNOWLEDGE, SO THAT S/HE MAY
BE MADE WORTHY OF THE GRACE OF YOUR BAPTISM AND MAINTAIN FIRM HOPE IN YOU, SOUND JUDGMENT,
AND A GRASP OF YOUR HOLY DOCTRINE. WE ASK THIS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.

All: Amen.

PRIEST: “RENUNCIATION OF EVIL.” ANDREW?

Andrew: Again, since (name/Sophie) can’t yet talk much, her mother and I will speak for her.

PRIEST: DO YOU RENOUNCE SATAN AND ALL THE EVIL FORCES OF WICKEDNESS THAT REBEL AGAINST GOD?

Candidate (says “I”) or parent/s (say “We”): I/we do renounce them.

PRIEST: DO YOU RENOUNCE THE EVIL POWERS OF THIS WORLD
WHICH CORRUPT AND DESTROY THE CREATURES OF GOD?

Candidate or parent/s: I/we do renounce them.

PRIEST: DO YOU RENOUNCE THE LUST OF THE FLESH, THE LUST OF THE EYE, THE PRIDE OF LIFE,
AND ALL SINFUL DESIRES THAT DRAW YOU FROM THE LOVE OF GOD WHO IS HOLY?

Candidate or parent/s: I/we do renounce them.

PRIEST: DO YOU RENOUNCE THE SINS OF YOUR PARENTS AND ANCESTORS AND EMBRACE OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN
AS YOUR PERFECT FATHER, JESUS CHRIST HIS SON AS YOUR PERFECT SAVIOR, EXAMPLE, AND BROTHER, AND
THE HOLY GHOST AS YOUR PERFECT COMFORTER, GUIDE, AND POWER?

Candidate or parent/s: I do renounce all ancestral evil and entrust myself to triune Jehovah
who is holy, holy, holy, in whom righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

PRIEST: DO YOU PUT YOUR WHOLE TRUST IN GOD’S GRACE AND LOVE?

Candidate or parent/s: I/we do with the help of God.

PRIEST: DO YOU REJECT SATAN SO AS TO LIVE AS A CHILD OF GOD?

Candidate or parent/s: I/we do with the help of God.

PRIEST: DO YOU RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST AS THE ONLY PERFECT EXAMPLE OF LIVING ON EARTH
FOR OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, AND RECEIVE MARY HIS MOTHER AND OTHER SAINTS AS EXAMPLES
TO THE EXTENT THEY FOLLOW HIM?

Candidate or parent/s: I/we do receive Him, and also their example as they follow Him.

PRIEST: LET US PRAY FOR THIS CANDIDATE WHO IS TO RECEIVE THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM.
I’LL PRAY A LINE AND EVERYONE WILL JOIN IN SAYING “LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.”

PRIEST: DELIVER (NAME/Sophie), O LORD, FROM THE WAY OF SIN AND DEATH.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

PRIEST: OPEN HIS/HER HEART TO YOUR GRACE AND TRUTH.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

PRIEST: FILL HIM/HER WITH YOUR HOLY AND LIFE-GIVING SPIRIT.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

PRIEST: KEEP HIM/HER IN THE FAITH AND FELLOWSHIP OF YOUR HOLY CHURCH.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

PRIEST: TEACH HIM/HER TO LOVE OTHERS IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

PRIEST: SEND HIM/HER INTO THE WORLD AS A WITNESS OF YOUR HOLY LOVE.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

PRIEST: BRING HIM/HER TO THE FULNESS OF YOUR PEACE AND GLORY.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

PRIEST: KEEP HIS/HER FAMILY ALWAYS IN YOUR LOVE.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

PRIEST: LET US PRAY. 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 FOR HIM TO COME AGAIN IN GLORY, WHO LIVES AND REIGNS WITH YOU AND THE HOLY GHOST,
ONE GOD FOR EVER AND EVER.

All: Amen.

PRIEST: “ANOINTING WITH THE OIL OF CATECHUMENS.” ANDREW?

Andrew: Old and New Testaments feature anointing with oil as a sign marking a person for God’s work;
indeed the word “Christ” means “anointed.” It is written, “You have loved righteousness
and hated sin; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness.”
So we’ll apply oil to (name/) Sophie, right now asking strength to come to Jesus
and with another dose of oil after baptism asking strength to live as a member of the Church,
a member of God’s family. “Catechumens” means people being taught
about Jesus, people being “catachised”–taught the Christian faith.

THE PRIEST ANOINTS THE CANDIDATE ON THE BREAST SAYING:
MAY YOU HAVE STRENGTH IN THE POWER + OF JESUS CHRIST
OUR LORD AND SAVIOR WHO LIVES AND REIGNS FOR EVER.

All: Amen.

Deacon: All stand if you can.

BLESSING OF THE WATER

EXTENDING HIS HAND OVER THE WATER THE PRIEST SAYS:
PRAISE TO YOU, ALMIGHTY GOD AND FATHER, FOR YOU HAVE CREATED
WATER TO CLEANSE AND TO GIVE LIFE.

All: Amen.

PRIEST: PRAISE TO YOU, LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE FATHER’S ONLY SON, FOR YOU OFFERED YOURSELF
ON THE CROSS, THAT IN THE BLOOD AND WATER FLOWING FROM YOUR SIDE,
AND THROUGH YOUR DEATH AND RESURRECTION, YOUR CHURCH MIGHT BE BORN.

All: Blessed be God.

PRIEST: COME TO US, LORD, FATHER OF ALL, AND BLESS + THIS WATER WHICH YOU HAVE CREATED,
SO THAT ALL WHO ARE BAPTIZED WITH IT MAY BE WASHED OF SIN,
AND BE BORN AGAIN AS YOUR CHILDREN.

All: Hear us, Lord.

PRIEST: MAKE THIS WATER FOR BAPTISM SERVE AS YOU INTEND, + O LORD,
SO THAT ALL WHO ARE BAPTIZED BY THIS WATER INTO CHRIST’S DEATH AND RESURRECTION
MAY BECOME MORE PERFECTLY LIKE YOUR SON.

All: Hear us, Lord.

NOW, TOUCHING THE WATER, THE PRIEST SAYS:
LORD, MAKE HOLY THIS WATER WHICH YOU HAVE CREATED,
SO THAT ALL THOSE WHOM YOU HAVE CHOSEN MAY BE BORN AGAIN
BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY GHOST,
AND MAY TAKE THEIR PLACE AMONG YOUR HOLY PEOPLE.

All: Hear us, Lord.

THE FINAL REQUEST FOR BAPTISM

PRIEST: DO YOU WISH (NAME) TO BE BAPTIZED IN THE FAITH OF THE CHURCH,
THE FAITH WHICH YOU PROFESS?

Candidate or parent/s: I/We do so wish.

THE BAPTISM

PRIEST POURS WATER OVER THE HEAD OF THE CANDIDATE THREE TIMES (OR SUBMERGES HIM/HER THREE TIMES)
WHILE SAYING:

(NAME/Sophie), I BAPTIZE YOU FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS
IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY GHOST.

DRINK OF THE FOUNTAIN OF THE WATER OF LIFE FREELY. ALL WHO ARE BAPTIZED BY THE HOLY GHOST
AS (NAME/Sophie) HAS BEEN BY THE HOLY WATER OF BAPTISM ARE NAMED IN GOD’S CHURCH AND KINGDOM
AND FELLOWSHIP, EATING AND DRINKING AT HIS TABLE.

Deacon: You amay be seated.

PRIEST: ANOINTING WITH CHRISM. ANDREW?

Andrew: Here’s the 2nd dose of oil, with my comments on what the priest is about to say.
When the priest speaks of God having given new birth
and welcoming (name/Sophie) into His holy people, I agree with Victorian bishop J. C. Ryle
in considering that this means, We think God has done this and we will presume so
unless evidence to the contrary appears later, just as, when baptizing someone
who is professing faith for themselves, we presume they mean what they say
unless evidence to the contrary appears later.

When the priest (or the creed) speaks of “the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church,”
he means that we’re one because there’s one God, holy and triune, who loves us enough to save us;
one Jesus Christ, God in human flesh, who came to earth to save us; one Holy Ghost who brings
salvation into our lives; one God the Father who brings us into His family–so we who are saved,
whatever sins and shortcomings and mistakes and differences we may not yet have gotten rid of,
are trusting in the one true God, are saved by His one way of salvation (faith),
are going to one Heaven when we die, and rising again in one resurrection of life
when Jesus comes back to earth. We are bound to love one another, to love all the saints.
Division is sin, and showing oneness is not automatic–Jesus had to pray for it and Paul
had to work for it–but underlying the differences among real Christians and Christian groups
there is one God, one salvation, and one Church. Protestants sometimes speak of
“the invisible church.” Speaking of “the one, holy” Church gets at the same thing,
with some degree of encouragement to us to work out in visible ways the underlying oneness
that’s less visible. Of course we need to unite with God and His truth, not to unite
in our own devices as they did at the tower of Babel.

“Holy” means set apart by God to be special for Him, sinless, perfect–God tells us
“you be holy for I am Holy”–again, there’s an underlying truth that we need to show,
but since there is the underlying truth we can say it.

“Catholic” means common to all true Christians, worldwide and history-long;
not just the denomination led by the Pope, but all of us Christians together.

“Apostolic” refers to what the apostles taught. The apostle Paul told the Galatians, If we
or an angel from heaven preached some other gospel unto you, let him–the preacher
of the other gospel–be damned. “Apostolic” does have to do with who the real apostles were,
since they knew and taught the truth, but neither they, nor angels, nor anyone
whether in or out of “apostolic succession”
can make a church “apostolic” if they preach a different gospel.
The one Church is “apostolic” because it says what the apostles said, more importantly than
by personal connections with the apostles. So here’s that 2nd dose of oil.

PRIEST ANOINTS THE NEWLY BAPTIZED ON THE FOREHEAD WITH “CHRISM” OIL, SAYING:
GOD THE FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS HAS FREED YOU FROM SIN,
GIVEN YOU A NEW BIRTH BY WATER AND THE HOLY GHOST,
AND HE NOW WELCOMES YOU INTO HIS HOLY PEOPLE.
HE NOW ANOINTS YOU WITH THE CHRISM OF SALVATION,
SO THAT YOU MAY ALWAYS LIVE AS A MEMBOR OF HIS BODY,
THE ONE, HOLY, CATHOLIC, AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH, SHARING LIFE EVERLASTING.

All: Amen.

PRIEST: “CLOTHING WITH THE WHITE VESTMENT.” ANDREW?

Andrew: Revelation speaks of saints wearing white,
garments washed white in the blood of the Lamb,
fine linen white and clean which is the righteousness of saints.
Now (Sophie)’s already wearing white in faith, expectation, and anticipation,
but we’ll add a little more white at this point,
proceeding from glory to glory.

PRIEST: NAME/SOPHIE, YOU ARE NOW A NEW CREATION, YOU HAVE BEEN CLOTHED WITH CHRIST.
SEE IN THIS WHITE GARMENT AN OUTWARD SIGN OF YOUR CHRISTIAN DIGNITY;
BRING THAT DIGNITY UNSTAINED INTO THE ETERNAL LIFE OF HEAVEN
AND OF THE RESURRECTION.

All: Amen.

RECEPTION OF THE LIGHTED CANDLE

PRIEST LIGHTS A CANDLE FROM THE ALTAR CANDLE AND PRESENTS IT TO THE NEWLY BAPTIZED (or his/her parents), SAYING,
RECEIVE THE LIGHT OF CHRIST, THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. HIS LIGHT IS ENTRUSTED TO YOU
TO BE KEPT BRIGHTLY BURNING, FOR HIS CHURCH WITH HIM IN THE MIDST OF HER
HE HAS ALSO CALLED THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. MAY YOU BE ENLIGHTENED BY JESUS
TO ALWAYS WALK AS A CHILD OF THE LIGHT. KEEP THE FAITH ALIVE IN YOUR HEART,
AND WHEN JESUS COMES, MAY YOU GO OUT TO MEET HIM WITH ALL THE SAINTS.

All: Amen.

THE EPHPHATHA

TOUCHING THE EARS AND MOUTH OF THE NEWLY BAPTIZED, THE PRIEST SAYS:
JESUS MADE THE DEAF HEAR AND THE DUMB SPEAK.
MAY HE TOUCH YOUR EARS TO RECEIVE HIS WORD,
AND YOUR MOUTH TO PROCLAIM HIS FAITH,
FOR THE GREATER PRAISE AND GLORY OF GOD THE FATHER.

All: Amen.

Baptismal Hymn (tune “hallelujah, Praise Jehovah”; tune name “Kirkpatrick” [aka “Ainos”?])
Words by Andrew Lohr, public domain by choice. Tune public domain, composer dead 75+ years.
A performance or two, and the lyrics with some comments, are on the web.

All sing:

(1) In the name of God the Father
in the name of God the Son
in the name of God the Holy Ghost
for the triune name is one
in the great name of Jehovah
Father Son and Holy Ghost
we are baptized as God’s children
as by covenant his host.

Chorus: Let us praises give Jehovah
for his name alone is high
and his glory is exalted
and his glory is exalted
and his glory is exalted
far above the earth and sky.

(2) Noah’s ark was saved above the flood
but the earth was drowned below
the Red Sea made way for Israel
but immersed proud Pha-ra-oh.
Baptized like the Jews and Noah’s clan
into covenant with God
we are called to walk in Jesus’ steps
by the sprinkling of His blood.

(Chorus)

(3) Father, pour your Holy Spirit out
let all men to Christ be drawn
give us victories over Satan
let Hell’s gates be overcome
and when washed we stand before you
and you say to us, “Well done!”
We will praise you Father, Holy Ghost,
and your Christ, your conqu’ring Son.

(chorus)

WELCOME TO THE CHURCH

PRIEST ADDRESSES THE NEWLY BAPTIZED AND THE CONGREGATION SAYING,
DEARLY BELOVED, NAME/SOPHIE HAS BEEN REBORN IN BAPTISM.
S/HE IS NOW OFFICIALLY A CHILD OF GOD
AND A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH WHICH IS THE BODY OF JESUS ON EARTH.

NAME/SOPHIE, WE RECOGNIZE YOU AS A MEMBER OF THE ONE HOLY CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH,
AND WE RECEIVE YOU INTO THE FELLOWSHIP OF THIS COMMUNION.
MAY GOD THE FATHER, +SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT BLESS, PRESERVE, AND KEEP YOU.

All: Amen.

PRAYER

PRIEST: ALMIGHTY AND EVER-LIVING GOD,
LET YOUR FATHERLY HAND BE EVER OVER THIS CHILD OF YOURS.
LET YOUR HOLY SPIRIT EVER BE WITH HIM/HER,
AND SO LEAD HIM/HER IN THE KNOWLEDGE AND OBEDIENCE OF YOUR WORD
THAT S/HE MAY SERVE YOU IN THIS LIFE,
DWELL WITH YOU IN THE LIFE TO COME,
AND SHARE IN THE RESURRECTION OF LIFE WHEN JESUS COMES BACK.

All: Amen.

Deacon: As soon as we dismiss, y’all give special greetings
and welcome to (name).

D: Let us go out into the world
and love one another as Jesus loves us.

All: Thanks be to God. Allellujah, allelujah.

All sing:

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
and the love of God our Father
and the fellowship, the fellowship
of the Holy SPirit be with us
for evermore and evermore
and evermore. Amen.

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