Holy Baptism

Holy Baptism

Holy Baptism begins with a question: “Hath this Child (Person) been already baptized, or no?” The priest asks this question because a person can only be baptized once. To baptize a person more than once would show a misunderstanding of baptism in addition to calling into question the character of God himself. God’s word of honor is always good. Because Christian baptism is performed in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and since our Lord instituted baptism, the very honor of God is at issue. No one is more reliable than God. Once a person is baptized according to the words Jesus handed off to his Apostles, he is forever baptized.


Baptism remains an indelible mark upon the soul whether or not one remains a faithful servant of Christ — but in such a case of disobedience it would be a mark of judgment instead of blessedness. Holy Baptism is the first sacrament that a Christian receives because it is the sacrament that brings about our New Birth into the Family of God. Children born to parishioners of St. James should be baptized as soon as possible in the parish church in the Sunday service of the Holy Eucharist if possible. It is our presupposition that all of the children baptized will be raised up in the Church worshipping the Blessed Trinity and instructed in the doctrines of the Church. For that reason we baptize only the children of the St. James members or children of parents we know.

For more information please contact Fr. Sweeney.

St. James Anglican Church
6124 Abingdon Glebe Lane
Gloucester, VA 23061
(804) 824-9552
Fr. Kevin Sweeney
(540) 476-1471

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