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Immersion 

The 1549 BCP called for a threefold immersion and the trinitarian baptismal formula. The celebrant was to dip the child "discreetly and warily." Infant baptism was typical in the Anglican Church at that time. The 1552 BCP did not require a threefold immersion. The 1979 BCP directs (p. 307) that the celebrant or an assisting priest or deacon shall immerse or pour water upon each candidate and say the trinitarian formula of baptism. In practice, most Episcopal churches baptize by pouring (affusion). However, the renewal of the catechumenate and the Christian formation of adults has been accompanied by appreciation for the symbolic power and appropriateness of baptism by immersion. 




Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.
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