Baptism and Baby Naming/Welcoming

The Sacrament of Baptism is a fundamental part of IUM and it is in our Canon Law 007.0.7 Sacraments & Rituals

Eric Michel Ministries International is using the form of baptism among the earliest Christians was that the candidate to be immersed, either totally or partially we prefer this last one because an archaeological evidence of Christian baptism from the 3rd century onward indicates that a normal form was to have the candidate stand in water while water was poured over the upper body.

The video is from First Baptist Church of Reeltown Baptism Service May 2012

The immersed version


We also practice the baby welcoming ceremony who is not a sacrament, it is the rite of presentation to the community.



Canon 020.24  The Baptism

The essential elements of this Spiritual Service are:

  1. The intention of the minister to administer Baptism and the intention of the recipient to receive it.
  2. Ablution of the catechumen with water
  3. The pronunciation of an acceptable formula (e.g., “I baptize you in God’s name”).

In addition to the essential elements, the Chaplaincy requires the administration of anointing with the Oil of the catechumen. Ordinarily, the minister of baptism is a bishop or a Minister, but if neither is available, any layperson may perform the baptism using water and the formula.

Canon 020.24.1 Baptism is not a baby naming or welcoming who are not in an apostolic ministry, Clergy of the Chaplaincy may conduct naming ceremonies for those who wish them.

Canon 020.24.2 The Chaplaincy recognizes that Holy Baptism may, in theory, be performed by an adult provided the correct form, matter and intent are present. However, it is usually performed by the clergy. The use of the formula of the invocation of the name of God is considered valid and the use of water is considered obligatory. The usual means of baptism in the Chaplaincy is by aspersion or effusion, although where the layperson concerned requests it, baptism by submersion is also permissible.

Canon 020.24.3 Clergy of the Chaplaincy may not refuse to conduct baptism or a naming ceremony on the grounds that the parents of the child concerned are not married


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