The Book of Common Prayer and Holy Baptism

A clergy member for nearly three decades, Reverend Sean Rousseau serves as a priest-in-charge in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. The Rev. Sean K. Rousseau serves the congregation of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Haymarket, where he works on replanting the parish community.

While the church has a history dating back to 1801, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church did not begin hosting services at its location in Prince William County until 1822, and was consecrated in 1834. Today, the church holds services twice every Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The clergy teach fellow Episcopalians how to live in accordance to the Bible and Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, which includes respecting the dignity of every person and loving neighbors as one would want to be treated.

The Book of Common Prayer includes information about the church’s calendar year, daily prayer services, proper liturgies for special days, ordination, and holy baptism. In the case of holy baptism, the book discusses how baptism signifies initiation into the church and celebrates one’s commitment to the Holy Spirit and Christ. Traditionally performed on a Sunday, a bishop or priest carries out the ceremony with the person being baptized, parents if a child is being baptized, and his or her sponsor, who is a baptized individual.

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