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Baptism and Confirmation

Holy Baptism is the highpoint of our worship and our life together. In the mystery of Holy Baptism, we believe that we actually die with Christ to sin and death, and we rise again to freedom and life eternal. When we baptize infants, it is the parents and sponsors (Godparents) who make promises on behalf of the child. When we baptize adults, the adult herself or himself renounces evil, affirms faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and joins in promising to uphold the faith of the Church. 

In baptism Holy Water is poured over the head of the person being baptized. Then Holy Oil is poured on the person's head as the presence of the Holy Spirit is invoked and claimed for this new Christian. Finally, a candle is given to the newly baptized, symbolizng that this person now shares in carrying the Light of Christ in to the world.  Holy Baptism at All Souls is a very special time and takes place in the midst of a public service of worship.

If you are interested in scheduling a Baptism or Confirmation, please contact us by email or at 202-232-4244.


In the course of their Christian development, those baptized at an early age are expected, when they are ready and have been duly prepared, to make a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and to receive the laying on of hands by the bishop. Those baptized as adults, unless baptized with laying on of hands by a bishop, are also expected to make a public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism in the presence of a bishop and to receive the laying on of hands.

All Souls offers preparation classes from time to time and individual preparation is also available.

Baptism Dates

Baptism is especially appropriate at:

The Baptism of Our Lord
January 12, 2020

The Easter Vigil
April 11, 2020

The Day of Pentecost
May 31, 2020

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