Trinity Church Wall Street welcomed new members on Sunday, January 8, through the sacrament of Baptism during the 11:15am Holy Eucharist.
The Rev. Michael Bird, Trinity’s Vicar, joined with the Rev. Kristin Kaulbach Miles and the Rev. Alfred Loua in the symbol-rich liturgy that includes water, chrism oil, and a memorial candle.
Each candidate received a candle, lighted from the Paschal Candle dating from Eastertide 2022, as, in the words of Father Bird, a “sign that you have passed from darkness into light.” The baptismal candles are painted by Trinity parishioners, a ministry that began in 2022.
The congregation also plays a major role in the liturgy of Baptism, reciting The Baptismal Covenant and later joining in the prayer that receives the newly baptized into the community of faith.