Blesséd Baptism – complete liturgy

This act of worship marks a new phase in the life of Blessed as a community as it seeks to affirm the centrality of baptism within the community as a new member of the Christian faith makes his initial faith profession and begins his sacramental journey with God. The Blessed Community seeks therefore to affirm the ancient traditions and understandings of baptism from Scripture through the teachings of the Fathers and to make a modern sacramental expression of that timeless response to God.

Around the walls of Church a slow loop of words and water is shown.

01 Gathering


We gather as Pilgrims on a common journey, walking together the journey of faith. Today the Lord is adding to our number through the sacrament of Holy Baptism.

God is here. Make yourselves at home. Know that we continue the tradition of the ancients, and through sacred signs, the mystery that is baptism shows glimpses of the promises of Christ, both now and forevermore.

Relax. Become a part of something much bigger. As we act as witnesses to this sacred act, we renew our own baptismal promises: challenging, life-changing, controversial, that each day we die to sin and are renewed in the living water that is Christ our Saviour. This baptism is our continued baptism. This faith is our faith. We are one in Christ.

02 Word

Video: Baptism of Jesus

03 Commitment

In baptism, God calls us out of darkness into his marvellous light. To follow Christ means dying to sin and rising to new life with him. Therefore I ask:

Do you reject the devil and all rebellion against God?

I reject them.

Do you renounce the deceit and corruption of evil?

I renounce them.

Do you repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbour?

I repent of them.

Do you turn to Christ as Saviour?

I turn to Christ.

Do you submit to Christ as Lord?

I submit to Christ.

Do you come to Christ, the way, the truth and the life?

I come to Christ.


James, Do you desire to be baptised?

I do.


The congregation are invited to come forward to the font to dip their hands in and to make the Sign of the Cross.

04 Act of Penitence

05 Absolution Song


Come, O come, come to the river
flowing from the body of Christ.
We’ll go down, deep in the water,
but in the Lord we shall arise.

1. Washed in the waters of rebirth,
we have put on Christ Jesus.

2. Priestly people are we,
sealed and sent by the Spirit.

3. Blest are those who thirst
for the reign of God’s justice.

4. Let us walk in the light
of God’s holy promise.

5. Those who sow in tears
reap the harvest rejoicing.

Final Refrain
Come, O come, come to the river
flowing from the body of Christ.
We’ll go down, deep in the water,
but in the Lord we shall arise.

We are sprinkled with Holy Water from a large sprig of Rosemary to symbolise our forgiveness. Followed by word of absolution

Our Lord Jesus Christ, who has left power to his Church to absolve all sinners who truly repent and believe in him, of his great mercy forgive you all your offences; and by his authority committed to me, I absolve you from all your sins: +In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. And of your charity, pray for me, a sinner also.

Book of Common Prayer, Visitation of the Sick p317

06 Oil of Baptism

Video Loop: Marking of the sign of the Cross on the forehead

Christ +claims you for his own.

Receive the sign of the cross.

James, Do not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified.

Fight valiantly as a disciple of Christ against sin, the world and the devil, and remain faithful to Christ to the end of your life.

May almighty God +deliver you from the powers of darkness, restore in you the image of his glory, and lead you in the light and obedience of Christ.


07 Creed

Video: God Waits (a Blesséd Creed)

God waits for us,
not like a lion ready to pounce if we let our guard down
and not like an interfering mother-in-law
but like an old friend who’s seen it all before and likes us anyway
and with whom we can spend time without having to pretend or explain.

We believe in God. Three in One. Father. Son. Spirit.
Paradox. Mystery. Elemental.

We believe in a God of Justice. Compassion. Mercy. Hope. And first, a God of Love.
Love personified. Incarnated.

We believe in God, the Mother of Creation. God, the Father of Humanity.

God, the lover of us all.

We believe we are called to activity out of passivity and apathy
By the Son of God through his actions, calling down through history,
Bourne on the wings of the Spirit.

We believe we are called to community with each other
Through Christ the thread
Weaving us all together.

We believe that God
Has no favourites
Pulls no punches
Leaves no stone unturned.

We believe that life is hard
We believe that life is beautiful

And so
We believe
Does God.

08 Water of Baptism

Video loop: flowing water

Praise God who made heaven and earth

who keeps his promise for ever.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give him thanks and praise.

We thank you, almighty God, for the gift of water

to sustain, refresh and cleanse all life.

Heavenly Father,  +sanctify this water that, by the power of your Holy Spirit, all who are baptised in it may they be cleansed from sin and born again.

Renewed in your image, may they walk by the light of faith

and continue for ever in the risen life of Jesus Christ our Lord;

to whom with you and the Holy Spirit

be all honour and glory, now and for ever.


God knew you before you were formed in the womb. God knows every hair on your head. God called you into being and he now calls you into faith. Your baptism is a sign of that calling.

James, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.


09 Oil of Chrism

Video Loop: Oil flowing , Dove

Through baptism, God anoints you with the chrism of salvation. As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so may you share everlasting life.

10 Prayers / White Robe

Strips of cloth are handed out and prayers and blessings are written on them in UV marker pen. They are then pinned together on the candidate to form a white robe. A UV Blacklight is shone to reveal the blessings.

You have been clothed with Christ.

As many as are baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

May God, who has received you by baptism into his Church,

pour upon you the riches of his grace,

that within the company of Christ’s pilgrim people

you may daily be renewed by his anointing Spirit,

and come to the inheritance of the saints in glory.


11 Lord’s Prayer

Video: My Friend (Very Short Traditional Version)

12 Candle

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The candidate’s candle is lit from the Paschal Candle, the congregation’s votive candles are lit from the candidates and everyone gets to take a candle home with them.

The congregation candles have a sticker on them which says:

“One faith, One Lord, One Baptism” (Ephesians 4:5) Spread the light. Blesséd Baptism

God has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and has given us a place with the saints in light. You have received the light of Christ; walk in this light all the days of your life.

Shine as a light in the world to the glory of God the Father.

13Blessing & Dismissal

Video: Joy Division Blessing and Dismissal for Baptism

14 End Music