Baptism is the first of the seven sacraments, and the “door” which gives access to the other sacraments. Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of forgiveness of sins because it unites us with Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justification. Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist constitute the “sacraments of initiation” by which a believer receives the remission of original and personal sin, begins a new life in Christ and the Holy Spirit, and is incorporated into the Church, the body of Christ. The rite of Baptism consists in immersing the candidate in water or pouring water on the head while pronouncing the invocation of the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The sacrament of Baptism may not be conferred more than once. Baptisms are not celebrated during Lent or Advent in the Cluster Parishes except in cases of emergency.
Baptismal preparation guidelines vary according to age. A Baptismal Preparation Class is required for all first-time parents wishing to have their child baptized and for any parent who has not taken the Baptismal Preparation Class within the last three years. The classes are offered at Church of the Resurrection, 3501 Cedar Lane, Portsmouth, on the second Sunday of most months from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Pre-registration is requested. When the second Sunday is a holiday, the baptismal class may be moved. There is no baptismal class in the month of December, and during one month of Lent, so please verify the time and date on the Cluster calendar (bottom right of the homepage). To schedule a baptism or register for class, please email Shaylyn Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 757-484-7335.