Most of the ceremonies of Solemn Baptism may be found in the edition of A Manual for Priests which is authorized for use in the Anglican Catholic Church by policy and approval of the College of Bishops.  A number of these ceremonies also may be found in authorized editions of the Prayer Book.  Here these ceremonies are printed with a note as to their proper interpolation into the Prayer Book form for the Ministration of Holy Baptism. 



  1. Giving hallowed salt

Prior to the reading of the Holy Gospel in the Baptismal rite, the Priest shall place a few grains of hallowed salt in the Candidate’s mouth saying,

RECEIVE the salt of wisdom:  may it be unto thee a pledge of everlasting life.  Amen.


    2.  Entrance into the Church

If the rite through the reading of the Gospel takes place in the Church Porch or Narthex, then after the reading of the Holy Gospel the baptismal party shall proceed to the Font.  In that case, the Priest shall place an end of his violet stole upon the head of the Candidate, or one of the Candidates, and shall walk with him to the Font saying,

N.N., enter thou into the Temple of God, that thou mayest have part with Christ unto life everlasting.  Amen.



  3.  Anointing with the Oil of the Catechumens

After the Renunciation of the Devil and before the Confession of the Apostles’ Creed, the priest shall anoint the Candidate on the breast at the base of the neck and on the back at the bottom of the neck, saying,

I ANOINT thee with the Oil of + Salvation, in Christ + Jesus our Lord, that thou mayest have eternal life.


  4.  Anointing with the Oil of Chrism

After the Baptism the Priest shall anoint the newly Baptised with Chrism on the forehead, either while signing him with the sign of the Cross during the prayer We receive this Child or during the following prayer here which, if added, shall be said immediately following the prayer We receive this Child

ALMIGHTY God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath regenerated thee by Water and the Holy Ghost, and hath given unto thee remission of all thy sins, vouchsafe to ano+int thee with the Unction of his Holy Spirit, and bring thee to the inheritance of everlasting life.   Amen.


  5.  The Candle and the Chrysom

Immediately following the anointing with Chrism and the prayer We receive this Child, the Priest shall give the newly Baptised a lit candle with the following Exhortation.  In the case of an infant the candle shall be touched to his hand and then given to a Godfather.

Baptismal Candle

RECEIVE the light of Christ, that when the bridegroom cometh thou mayest go forth with all the Saints to meet him; and see that thou keep the grace of thy Baptism.  Amen.

Then shall the Priest give the newly Baptised the white vesture called the Chrysom.  If a cap is given it shall be placed upon the head, or the Priest may touch the head of the newly Baptised with a white cloth, meanwhile saying,

The Chrysom

WE give thee this white vesture, for a token of the innocency bestowed upon thee, and for a sign whereby thou art admonished to give thyself to pureness of living, that after this transitory life thou mayest be partaker of the life everlasting.  Amen.

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