PROVINCE OF EUROPE
A WESTERN [LATIN RITE] EXPRESSION OF THE ORTHODOX FAITH

 The Old Roman Catholic Church

Old Roman Catholic Church in Europe

Baptism

Holy Baptism

"Jesus answered, I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God
unless he is born of water and the Spirit."
St John 3:5

Children, adults or families who would like to deepen their committment to and enter into the Christian Faith are warmly invited to seek Baptism from our Mission Clergy.

We believe that Baptism is a Sacrament, an action of Jesus Christ in his Church. A Sacrament is an outward sign of an inward grace instituted by Jesus Christ. By the carrying out of the sacramental rite, grace is given to the soul of the person who received the Sacrament.

In this Sacrament, Jesus Christ

  • forgives original sin and opens the gates of heaven for us
  • welcomes us into his Church
  • makes us the sons and daughters of God  

"Holy Baptism holds the first place among the sacraments, because it is the door of the spiritual life; for by it we are made members of Christ and incorporated with the Church. And since through the first man death entered into all, unless we be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, we can not enter into the kingdom of Heaven, as Truth Himself has told us. The matter of this sacrament is true and natural water; and it is indifferent whether it be cold or hot. The form is: I baptize thee in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. We do not, however, deny that the words: Let this servant of Christ be baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost; or: This person is baptized by my hands in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, constitute true baptism; because since the principal cause from which baptism has its efficacy is the Holy Trinity, and the instrumental cause is the minister who confers the sacrament exteriorly, then if the act exercised by the minister be expressed, together with the invocation of the Holy Trinity, the sacrament is perfected. The minister of this sacrament is the priest, to whom it belongs to baptize, by reason of his office. In case of necessity, however, not only a priest or deacon, but even a layman or woman, nay, even a pagan or heretic can baptize, provided he observes the form used by the Church, and intends to perform what the Church performs. The effect of this sacrament is the remission of all sin, original and actual; likewise of all punishment which is due for sin. As a consequence, no satisfaction for past sins is enjoined upon those who are baptized; and if they die before they commit any sin, they attain immediately to the kingdom of heaven and the vision of God."  “The Decree for the Armenians”, in the Bull “Exultate Deo” of Pope Eugene IV

Baptisms administered by Old Roman Catholic Clergy are recognised by all other Christian denominations and qualify individuals for Confirmation in the Anglican and Roman Catholic traditions as well as by our own Bishops.