“While the Church of England – the largest Christian denomination in the United Kingdom – is stopping short of calling its newly instituted blessing for ‘transgenders’ a second baptism, priests are being directed to offer baptism-style ceremonies for those announcing their new sexual identity.
In a newly issued pastoral guidance, clergy are being told to call men by their new female names, and women by their new male names. The guidance declares, ‘For a trans person to be addressed liturgically by the minister for the first time by their chosen name may be a powerful moment in the service.’
The guidance issued by the Church of England’s House of Bishops on Monday advises pastors to lay hands on the candidate and pray, using the candidate’s new transgender name. Pastors are also told that the sprinkling of holy water and anointing with oil can be incorporated into the service.”