Baptism at St. Benedict


“Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church.” (The Book of Common Prayer, p. 298)

In the Episcopal tradition, we baptize babies, children, and adults. We at St. Benedict believe Holy Baptism is a reason for celebration by the whole church, so in accord with Episcopal tradition, we celebrate baptisms during Sunday mornings worship.

We are also happy to offer a service of Thanksgiving for the Birth or Adoption of a Child.

We suggest Sundays with a special baptismal meaning:

  • The Baptism of Jesus: January 12, 2014
  • Easter Vigil: 8 p.m., April 19, 2014; especially suitable for adults – the Saturday night before Easter, at our cathedral in downtown Chicago, by darkness and candlelight in a very moving and beautiful service of Resurrection.
  • Easter Sunday: 9 a.m. service, April 20, 2014 – the Resurrection of our Lord! Flowers, new life, and the  biggest feast day of the Church Year!
  • Pentecost Sunday: 9 a.m. service, June 8, 2014 – celebration of the Holy Spirit and the Church’s birthday; the congregation wears red and the sanctuary is decorated with red balloons.
  • All Saints Sunday: 9 a.m. service, November 5, 2014; a celebration of sainthood and a day to remember those who have gone before us.
  • or a Sunday when our Bishop may be visiting (ask about this).

You’ll need to schedule your baptism or the baptism of your child with enough time in advance for a baptism theology conversation and orientation with Rev. Heidi.


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