The following service of Holy Baptism is taken from the Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church, beginning on p. 299.

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Holy Baptism: p. 299

The Word of God

Celebrant    Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
People         And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.

The Celebrant then continues
There is one Body and one Spirit;
People           There is one hope in God’s call to us;
Celebrant      One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism;
People           One God and Father of all.

The Collect of the Day

The Celebrant says to the people
The Lord be with you.
People           And also with you.
Celebrant      Let us pray.

The Celebrant says the Collect.

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

The First Lesson | Revelation 21:1-6a

A Reading from the Revelation of John

I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

“See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them as their God;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.”

And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.”

After the Reading, the Reader says

The Word of the Lord.
People      Thanks be to God.

The Psalm

Psalm 24
Domini est terra

1 The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, *
the world and all who dwell therein.

2 For it is he who founded it upon the seas *
and made it firm upon the rivers of the deep.

3 “Who can ascend the hill of the Lord? ” *
and who can stand in his holy place?”

4 “Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, *
who have not pledged themselves to falsehood,
nor sworn by what is a fraud.

5 They shall receive a blessing from the Lord *
and a just reward from the God of their salvation.”

6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, *
of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob.

7 Lift up your heads, O gates;
lift them high, O everlasting doors; *
and the King of glory shall come in.

8 “Who is this King of glory?” *
“The Lord, strong and mighty,
the Lord, mighty in battle.”

9 Lift up your heads, O gates;
lift them high, O everlasting doors; *
and the King of glory shall come in.

10 “Who is he, this King of glory?” *
“The Lord of hosts,
he is the King of glory.”

Alleluia – Led by Sarah Diener-Schlitt

The Gospel | John 11:32-44

Then, all standing, the Deacon or a Priest reads the Gospel, first saying
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
People           Glory to you, Lord Christ.

When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

After the Gospel the Reader says

The Gospel of the Lord.
People            Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Sermon 

Presentation and Examination of the Candidates – p. 301

The Celebrant says
The Candidate(s) for Holy Baptism will now be presented.

Adults and Older Children
The candidates who are able to answer for themselves are presented individually by their Sponsors, as follows

Sponsor         I present N. to receive the Sacrament of Baptism.

The Celebrant asks each candidate when presented

Do you desire to be baptized?
Candidate      I do.

Infants and Younger Children
Then the candidates who are unable to answer for themselves are presented individually by their Parents and Godparents, as follows

Parents and Godparents
I present N. to receive the Sacrament of Baptism.

When all have been presented the Celebrant asks the parents and godparents

Will you be responsible for seeing that the child you present is brought up in the Christian faith and life?

Parents and Godparents
I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant
Will you by your prayers and witness help this child to grow into the full stature of Christ?

Parents and Godparents
I will, with God’s help.

Then the Celebrant asks the following questions of the candidates who can speak for themselves, and of the parents and godparents who speak on behalf of the infants and younger children

Question      Do you renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces of wickedness that rebel against God?
Answer         I renounce them.

Question      Do you renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God?
Answer         I renounce them.

Question      Do you renounce all sinful desires that draw you from the love of God?
Answer         I renounce them.

Question      Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Savior?
Answer         I do.

Question      Do you put your whole trust in his grace and love?
Answer         I do.

Question      Do you promise to follow and obey him as your Lord?
Answer         I do.

After all have been presented, the Celebrant addresses the congregation, saying
Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support these persons in their life in Christ?
People           We will.

The Celebrant then says these or similar words
Let us join with those who are committing themselves to Christ and renew our own baptismal covenant.

The Baptismal Covenant – p. 304

Celebrant      Do you believe in God the Father?
People           I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Celebrant      Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
People           I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Celebrant      Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
People           I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.

Celebrant      Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of the bread, and in the
prayers?
People           I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant      Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
People           I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant      Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
People           I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant      Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
People           I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant      Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human
being?
People           I will, with God’s help.

Prayers for the Candidates

The Celebrant then says to the congregation
Let us now pray for these persons who are to receive the Sacrament of new birth.

A Person appointed leads the following petitions

Leader           Deliver them, O Lord, from the way of sin and death.
People           Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader           Open their hearts to your grace and truth.
People           Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader           Fill them with your holy and life-giving Spirit.
People           Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader           Keep them in the faith and communion of your holy Church.
People           Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader           Teach them to love others in the power of the Spirit.
People           Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader           Send them into the world in witness to your love.
People           Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader           Bring them to the fullness of your peace and glory.
People           Lord, hear our prayer.

The Celebrant says
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 now and forever. Amen.

Thanksgiving over the Water – p. 306

The Celebrant blesses the water, first saying
The Lord be with you.
People           And also with you.
Celebrant      Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People           It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Celebrant
We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water. Over it the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation.
Through it you led the children of Israel out of their bondage in Egypt into the land of promise. In it your Son Jesus received the baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead us, through his death and resurrection, from the bondage of sin into everlasting life.

We thank you, Father, for the water of Baptism. In it we are buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in his
resurrection. Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit. Therefore in joyful obedience to your Son, we bring into his fellowship those who come to him in faith, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

At the following words, the Celebrant touches the water

Now sanctify this water, we pray you, by the power of your Holy Spirit, that those who here are cleansed from sin and born again may continue for ever in the risen life of Jesus Christ our Savior. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

The Baptism – p. 307

Each candidate is presented by name to the Celebrant, or to an assisting priest or deacon, who then immerses, or pours water upon, the candidate, saying

N., I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Then the Bishop or Priest places a hand on the person’s head, marking on the forehead the sign of the cross [using Chrism if desired] and saying to each one

N., you are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ’s own for ever. Amen.

When this action has been completed for all candidates, the Bishop or Priest, at a place in full sight of the congregation, prays over them, saying

Let us pray.

Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon these your servants the forgiveness of sin, and have raised them to the new life of grace. Sustain them, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give them an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works. Amen.

When all have been baptized, the Celebrant says
Let us welcome the newly baptized.

Celebrant and People
We receive you into the household of God. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood.

The Peace

The Celebrant says to the people
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People      And also with you.

Blessings + Announcements

The Great Thanksgiving

Eucharistic Prayer A – p. 361

Celebrant          The Lord be with you.
People               And also with you.
Celebrant          Lift up your hearts.
People               We lift them to the Lord.
Celebrant          Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People               It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

Here a Proper Preface is said by the Celebrant

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

Celebrant and People
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Then the Celebrant continues

Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself, and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all. He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.

On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Celebrant and People

Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.

The Celebrant continues

We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.

All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ: By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

Celebrant and People

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 trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

The Celebrant breaks the consecrated Bread.

A period of silence is kept.

The Celebrant says
Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
People         Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia!

The Celebrant says the following Invitation
The Gifts of God for the People of God.

While not able to receive the body and blood of Jesus in this service of Holy Eucharist, we nonetheless ask that Jesus Christ be fully present to us. This prayer of Spiritual Communion has been used by others who, because of war, distance, or other adversity, were not able to receive the elements. You are invited to make this prayer your own or to offer another prayer asking Jesus Christ to be manifest to you in this silence. 

In union, O Lord, with your faithful people at every altar of your Church, where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated, I desire to offer to you praise and thanksgiving. I remember your death, Lord Christ; I proclaim your resurrection; I await your coming in glory. Since I cannot receive you today in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart. Cleanse and strengthen me with your grace, Lord Jesus, and let me never be separated from you. May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and in the life to come. Amen.

Silence

Prayer After Communion – p. 365

After Communion, the Celebrant says
Let us pray.

Celebrant and People
Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Dismissal – p. 366

Celebrant         Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
People              Thanks be to God.

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