Watch: Archbishop Justin on the royal christening
Tuesday 22nd October 2013In this short film the Archbishop of Canterbury talks about the christening of HRH Prince George of Cambridge, as well as the broader significance of baptism
In the film, Archbishop Justin Welby explains the significance of baptism and why it is such an important moment for anyone, whoever they are.
When Prince George is baptised he will join 2 billion people around the world in ‘the family of the church’, he says.
He says that baptism is not just for royal babies but is offered to everyone, because ‘God’s love is offered without qualification, without price, without cost, to all people, in all circumstances, always.’
Archbishop Justin will baptise Prince George on Weds 23rd October at the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace, London.
Explaining what will happen when he baptises Prince George, the Archbishop says: ‘I will mark Prince George with the sign of the cross on his forehead, and that’s exactly what every single priest does at every single baptism. It’s an extraordinary moment because that is the sign by which we understand that this person belongs to God.’
The Archbishop encourages anyone who is thinking about christening – either for themselves or their child – to go along to their local church and find out more.
The film, produced in association with Torpedo Factory Films, features footage from an interview with Archbishop Justin Welby conducted at Lambeth Palace, along with shots illustrating what happens during a baptism. It also includes scenes from a community Eucharist in the Crypt Chapel at Lambeth Palace.
Baptisms in the Church of England
There are more than 2000 christenings each week in the Church of England. Two-thirds are for babies under one, but there is a growing number of toddler and older children being baptised.
The Church of England is currently undertaking research into christening, which will be published next month.
Find out more about baptism, and watch interviews with vicars, godparents and families, on the Church of England website.