Although adult baptism is the basis for the theology of this sacrament, most of the baptisms in Catholic churches are of infants. Such baptisms can be for individual families or for groups of families, and they can be a separate ceremony or set in the context of a parish liturgy. The baptism of older children and adults usually takes place on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil liturgy, and is the culmination of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

Orthodox baptisms display some variety according to the nationality and location of the churches, but there are basic similarities among infant baptisms and also among adult baptisms.

Protestant baptisms display the greatest variety. Some are formal rituals that can be very Catholic in appearance, whether for children or adults. Others are very informal, especially for non-liturgical churches in the Evangelical and Pentecostal traditions. These are sometimes referred to as believer's baptism because candidates must be old enough to make a profession of faith. Protestant theologies of baptism can also vary widely.

Unless otherwise noted, the following videos show baptisms in Catholic parishes. Each listing contains a descriptive heading, two lines of information, and a link to the video.

Baptism Window

Catholic Baptism of Katherine (10 min.)
Infant Baptism on March 13, 2005
St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bradley, Illinois

Jackson's Baptism (10 min.)
An infant baptism performed on January 28, 2008
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Genoa, Ohio

Shaelynn’s Baptism
Multiple baptism ceremony for infants on April 6, 2008
St. Daniel’s Catholic Church in Clarkston, Michigan
(Part 1 – 9 min.)
(Part 2 – 9 min.)

Tiernan's Baptism (11 min.)
An infant baptism performed on August 17, 2008
All Saints Catholic Newman Center in Tempe, Arizona

Tridentine Baptism
Traditional Catholic infant baptism (pre-1970 rite) posted on January 13, 2010
Assumption Grotto in Detroit, Michigan (Part 1 – 4 min.) (Part 2 – 8 min.)

Easter Vigil Baptism & Confirmations (9 min.)
Adult initiation into the Catholic Church on April 12, 2009
Christ the King Parish in Mashpee, Massachusetts

Easter Baptism - Claire MacPherson (10 min.)
Infant baptism performed on April 12, 1009
Epworth United Methodist Church in Cockeysville, Maryland

Baptisms 2007 (5 min.)
Anglican adult and infant baptisms on June 10, 2007
St Mary Magdalene with St Martin Church in Addiscombe, England

Orthodox Baptism Emmanouel (10 min.)
Infant baptism, chrismation and tonsure on October 5, 2008
Panagitsa Church of Heraklion Crete, Greece

Illumination (5 min.)
Adult baptism and chrismation in the Orthodox tradition posted November 23, 2006
Saint Lawrence Orthodox Church in Felton, California

Demetrios Triantafillou Baptism Jan. 14, 2007 (10 min.)
Infant baptism, chrismation and tonsure (unknown location)
English ceremony in the Greek Orthodox tradition

Greer First Baptist Church (8 min.)
Baptisms by Senior Pastor Rick Ezell on June 1, 2008
Baptismal pool visible through an opening in the front of the church 

Sunday Morning Service Baptism
Cross Pointe Church of the Nazarene
Tampa, Florida, on January 24, 2010 (Part 1 - 5 min.)  (Part 2 - 6 min.)

Jade’s Baptism (5 min.)
Believer’s baptism posted August 21, 2007
Youth group of the Burtt’s Corner Church of Christ in New Brunswick, Canada

SC Baptism 2.3 (7 min.)
Jessica’s baptism on May 4, 2007 in Lake Massasoit
Posted by the Springfield College Bible Study

Water Baptism Service for the Arena Church (6 min.)
Baptism of 16 new believers in Lincoln, California
Posted May 25, 2007 by the Arena Christian Church

Jesus name Baptism (6 min.)
Believer’s baptism in the Black Pentecostal tradition
Posted September 17, 2007 by Greater Morning Star Apostolic Ministries

Baptisms In Jesus Name – Kenya (8 min.)
Adult baptisms in Africa dated May 24, 2008
Protestant Evangelical tradition of believer’s baptism

India baptisms (6 min.)
Baptisms in a plastic water drum by a Protestant missionary
Posted February 16, 2010, location unknown

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Baptism, Baptisms, Catholic Baptism, Orthodox Baptism, Easter Vigil Baptism, Sacrament of Baptism 

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