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Liturgy of Baptism

From the Book of Divine Worship - The Proper: First Part - The Great Vigil of Easter - Christian Initiation, or the Renewal of Baptismal Vows - Liturgy of Baptism

The priest goes with the ministers to the baptismal font, if this can be seen by the congregation. Otherwise a vessel of water is placed in the sanctuary.

If there are candidates to be baptized, they are called forward and presented by their godparents. If there are children, the parents and godparents bring them forward in front of the congregation.

Then the priest speaks to the People in these or similar words:

  • If there are candidates to be baptized:

    Dear friends in Christ, as our brothers and sisters approach the waters of rebirth, let us help them by our prayers, and ask God, our almighty Father, to support then with his mercy and love.

  • If the font is to be blessed, but there are none to be baptized:

    Dear friends in Christ, let us ask God, the almighty Father, to bless this font, that those reborn in it may be made one with his adopted children in Christ.

The litany is sung by two cantors. All present stand (as is customary during the Easter season) and answer.

If there is to be a procession of some length to the baptistery, the litany is sung in procession. In this case those who are to be baptized are first called forward. Then the procession begins: the Easter candle is carried first, followed by the candidates with their godparents, and the priest with the ministers. The above instruction is given before the blessing of the water.

If there is no one to be baptized and the font is not to be blessed, the litany is omitted, and the blessing of water takes place at once.

In the litany some names of saints may be added, especially the titular of the church, the local patrons, or the saints of those to be baptized.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Holy Mary, Mother of God: Pray for us.
Saint Michael: Pray for us.
Holy angels of God: Pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist: Pray for us.
Saint Joseph: Pray for us.
Saint Peter and Saint Paul: Pray for us.
Saint Andrew: Pray for us.
Saint John: Pray for us.
Saint Mary Magdalene: Pray for us.
Saint Stephen: Pray for us.
Saint Ignatius: Pray for us.
Saint Lawrence: Pray for us.
Saint Perpetua and Saint Felicity: Pray for us.
Saint Agnes: Pray for us.
Saint Gregory: Pray for us.
Saint Augustine: Pray for us.
Saint Athanasius: Pray for us.
Saint Basil: Pray for us.
Saint Martin: Pray for us.
Saint Benedict: Pray for us.
Saint Francis and Saint Dominic: Pray for us.
Saint Francis Xavier: Pray for us.
Saint John Vianney: Pray for us.
Saint Catherine: Pray for us.
Saint Theresa: Pray for us.
All holy men and women: Pray for us.
Lord, be merciful: Lord, save your people.
From all evil: Lord, save your people.
From every sin: Lord, save your people.
From everlasting death: Lord, save your people.
By your coming as man: Lord, save your people.
By your death and rising to life: Lord, save your people.
By your gift of the Holy Spirit: Lord, save your people.
Be merciful to us sinners: Lord, save your people.
  • If there are candidates to be baptized:
    Give new life to these chosen ones
    by the grace of baptism:


Lord, hear our prayer.
  • If there is no one to be baptized:
    By thy grace bless this font
    where thy children will be reborn:


Lord, hear our prayer.
Jesus, Son of the living God: Lord, hear our prayer.
Christ, hear us: Christ, hear us.
Lord Jesus, hear our prayer: Lord Jesus, hear our prayer.
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