Baptism is the rite by which all Christians are initiated into the life of the Church and into the Body of Christ. Through Baptism we share in Christ’s death and in his resurrection from the dead. Holy Baptism informs us about our covenant with God. Baptism is meant to be a public act in which the congregation welcomes the newly baptized into the community as all present make or re-affirm the vows of the Baptismal Covenant. It is our custom to baptize anyone who wishes to become a Christian, regardless of age.
Typically, Baptism is administered Sunday morning during the Holy Eucharist at 8:00 or 10:15. The clergy will meet with the parents and godparents in advance to discuss both the ceremony and the great significance of Baptism.
The church sets aside certain days as especially appropriate for Holy Baptism: Easter, Pentecost, All Saints’ Day, and the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord. Baptism, however, is not limited to those days. If you would like more information about baptisms at Good Shepherd, please contact the parish office at 703-323-5400. Click here for the Baptism Application form.
The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage is a sacrament of solemn joy requiring extended conversation and preparation under pastoral direction of the clergy. If you would like to inquire about or reserve a date for a wedding service, please contact the parish office at 703-323-5400.