Some Theological, Pastoral and Liturgical Reflections on the New Rite of Infant Baptism

Peter J Jagger

This refers to a new Church of England liturgy. The paper divides into the categories of the title. Theological: there is a move from an Augustinian emphasis on the cleansing from sin to the Cyprianic on baptism as the entry into the church. Also, it is beginning of a process. Pastoral: the need for the involvement of the local church; the parents are expected to profess and practice the faith; preparation is needed; there should be no extra-parochial baptisms. Liturgical: baptisms should be on Sunday, and at parish communion.

Volume 03, Number 02 Nov 1973, p16