Days When Baptisms May Not Be Performed

  • December 25, 2005-January 6 (Christmas Day through the Feast of Epiphany)
  • February 2 (Presentation of the Lord)
  • HolyWeek
  • Pentecost
  • August 6 (Transfiguration)

Holy Baptism

The Making of a Catechumen (i.e. the child who is now undergoing instruction in Christianity)

  • The Three Exorcisms
  • Prayers of Deliverance for the Catechumen
  • Renunciation of Satan and Declaration of Allegiance to Christ and Confession of Faith

The Rite of Holy Baptism

  • The Litany
  • The Prayer for the Priest
  • The Blessing of the Baptismal Water
  • The Blessing of the Oil and the Anointment of the Water and of the Catechumen

At this point, the child to be baptized is presented naked before the priest, who takes oil from the hands of the sponsor and anoints the child on various parts of his/her body, saying the following:

On the Forehead:
"The Servant of God is anointed with the Oil of Gladness, in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen."
On the Nose:
"For Sweet Fragrance"
On the Mouth:
"My mouth shall speak wisdom"
On the Breast:
"For the Healing of Body and Soul"
On the Feet:
"That you may walk in the way of the Lord"
On the Hands:
"Your Hands, O Lord, have made and fashioned me"
On the Back:
"If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me."

The Triple Immersion of Baptism

At this point, the priest immerses the servant of God into the Blessed Waters, Baptizing him/her in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. It is through this sacramental symbol that he/she becomes a partaker in the Saving Death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

For more information on the sacrament of Baptism, please refer to the church library, which is open M-F 9a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays after the Liturgy.