Baptism in the Catholic Tradition

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  • Baptism in Catholic Tradition
    • Seen as sacrament, meaning 'a ceremony imparting spiritual grace'
      • The simple act of using water in a cleansing ritual, through God's grace, makes a profound and irreversible change to the person's spiritual existence
    • Believe all humans born with stain of original sin through Adam
      • Freedom from original sin comes through linking with Jesus by re-enacting death and rising & joining spiritual community of the Church
        • Both of these happen during the baptism service
    • The key parts of paedobaptism
      • 1. The priest or person performing the baptism makes the sign of the cross on child's forehead
        • Symbolises the child belongs to Christ
      • 2, Adults who bring child for baptism reject evil and sin on behalf of child.
        • They make a declaration of faith in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit on behalf of the child
          • This is formally accepting the terms of membership of the Church
      • 4. The baby is immersed three times in the water, or have water poured over it's head three times
        • The baptism performer proclaims 'I baptise you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit
          • This symbolises the washing the way of sin, death (under-water) and resurrection (coming out of water
      • 5. The baby is anointed with perfume oil, consecrated by the bishop
        • Symbolises the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the child is now a member of the Church
        • The child is given a candle, lit from the Easter candle, to symbolise the child has died to sin and risen in a new life with Christ
        • Child may be dressed in new clothes as sign of free life from sin
      • 3. Person performing the baptism asks God to make holy the water used for baptism through the Holy Spirit
        • This is so that the child will be 'born of water and the Spirit'
    • Baptism should be followed by education (catechism) as child develops
    • When the child is old enough to understand baptism, they take the responsibility of baptism promises through 'confirmation'
      • Where the child confirms promises made at baptism
    • In emergencies, a baptism can be performed by anyone who understands what baptism is, and any water can be used


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