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The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism

The Sacrament of Holy Baptism is for infants and adults and may be arranged by contacting the Pastor for an appointment.

NOTE: The following is taken from Luther's Small Catechism.

What is Baptism?

Baptism is not just plain water, but it is water used by God's command and connected with God's Word.
What is that Word of God?

Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of Matthew, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."

What does Baptism do for us?

Baptism works forgiveness of sin, delivers from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare.
What are these words and promises?

Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of Mark, "He who believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned."
How can water do such great things?

It is certainly not the water that does such things, but God's Word which is in and with the water and faith which trusts this Word used with the water. For without God's Word the water is plain water and not Baptism. But with this Word it is Baptism, that is, a gracious water of life and a washing of rebirth by the Holy Spirit.
Where is this written?

St. Paul says in Titus, chapter 3, "(God our Savior) saved us, through the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit, which He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying."

What does baptizing with water do for us?

Baptism means that the Old Adam in us should be drown by daily contrition and repentance, and that all its evil deeds and desires be put to death. It also means that a new person should daily arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever.
Where is this written?

St. Paul says in Romans, chapter 6, "Therefore we were buried with (Christ) through Baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life."

NOTE: This Rite can be observed both privately or at the beginning of God's Service

P: Depart you unclean spirit and make room for the Holy Spirit.
P: Receive the sign of the holy cross † on your forehead and † your heart to mark you as one redeemed by Christ the crucified.
P: Let us pray: O almighty and eternal God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, I cry out to you for the sake of your servant Name, who prays for the gift of Your Baptism and desires Your eternal grace through spiritual rebirth: Receive him/her, Lord, and as You have said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you,” so now give the good to him/her that asks and open the door to him/her that knocks so that he/she may obtain the eternal blessings of this heavenly bath and receive the promised kingdom of Your grace through Jesus Christ our Lord.
C: Amen.
P: Almighty, eternal God, who according to Your righteous judgment condemned the unbelieving world through the Flood and in Your great mercy did preserve believing Noah and his family, and who drowned hardhearted Pharaoh with all his army in the Red Sea, after You led Your people Israel through the same on dry ground thereby foreshadowing this bath of Your holy Baptism, and who through the Baptism of Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, sanctified and set apart the Jordan and all water as a blessed flood and a rich and full washing away of sins: we pray through this same groundless mercy that You will graciously regard Name and bless him/her with true faith in the Spirit so that, by means of this saving flood, all that has been born in him/her from Adam may be drowned in him/her and engulfed; that he/she may be separated from unbelievers, preserved dry and secure in the holy ark of Christendom, to serve Your name at all times fervent in spirit and joyful in hope; so that with all believers he/she may be made worthy to attain eternal life according to Your promise; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: Amen.
P: I adjure you, unclean spirit, in the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit, come out of and depart from Name, the servant of Jesus Christ. Amen.
P: Let us hear the Gospel of St. Mark:
People were bringing little children to Jesus to have Him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, He was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it. And He took the children in his arms, put His hands on them and blessed them.
P: 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 forever and ever. Amen.
P: The Lord preserve your coming in and going out now and forevermore.
P: Name, do you renounce the devil?
Sponsors: I renounce.
P: And all his works?
Sponsors: I renounce.
P: And all his ways?
Sponsors: I renounce.
P: Do you believe in God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth?
Sponsors: I believe.
P: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there He will come to judge the living and the dead?
Sponsors: I believe.
P: Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, one holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting?
Sponsors: I believe.
P: Do you desire to be baptized?
Sponsors: I do.
P: Name, I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the † Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Minister anoints the baptized on the forehead saying:
P: The almighty God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has given you a rebirth through water and the Holy Spirit and has forgiven you all your sin, strengthen you with His grace to life everlasting.
C: Amen.
A white robe may be put on the baptized while the Minister says:
P: Receive this white garment to show that Christ has taken away and borne your sin and put on you His perfect righteousness. So shall you in faith ever stand before Him.
A white candle may be lit from the Paschal Candle and given to the baptized while the Minister says:
P: Receive also this burning torch. Live always by the Light of Christ, and be ever watchful for His coming, that you may meet Him with joy and enter with Him into the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom that shall have no end. Peace † be with you.