The service of baptism includes the reading of scripture and preaching of a sermon, the presentation of the candidates, and the affirmation of beliefs by the candidates, or in the case of children, those who represent them.
In the Anglican Church water is poured onto the head of the candidate for baptism with the words, "I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit".
The sign of the cross is then traced with chrism oil on the candidate's forehead to show that baptism brings the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The candidates are given a candle to represent the light of Christ and are received into the church community.
Normally the service continues with the celebration of Holy Eucharist.