Baptism is a sacrament, an outward and visible manifestation of an inward and spiritual grace. In this case, the outward and visible sign is the water and the inward spiritual grace is that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, God comes to dwell permanently in one’s soul. The union of God in the depths of our soul is like a brand. As the liturgy says, you “are sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked as Christ’s own forever.”
Baptism is more than mystical experience and membership; it is also a commissioning to lead a Christian life. This is our part and it comes to us through the baptismal covenant, where we agree to move forward in faith with God’s help in the hope that we might grow into what St. Paul (and the liturgy) calls “the full stature of Christ.”
If you are interested in being baptized or having a child baptized, please contact the parish office.