Baptism is the first Sacrament, one of three Sacraments of Initiation.
Baptism is required before receiving any of the other 6 Sacraments.
You can only be baptized one time.It leaves a permanent mark on our souls that cannot be undone.
The Church welcomes any baptism that uses water and the Trinitarian formulaI baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
If you have been baptized and are:EpiscopalianAnglicanLutheranMethodistPresbyterianBaptistUnited Church of ChristAssembly of GodDisciples of ChristAdventistEvangelical
(in other words, mainline Protestant denominations)You dont have to be re-baptized if you want to become Catholic.
The first effect of Baptism isWe are cleansed of ALL sin
Including ORIGINAL SIN
The second effect of Baptism isThe coming of God to dwell within us.
The third effect of Baptism isWe all become living members of Christs body, the Church, sharing in her mission (to work to build the Kingdom of God)
To baptize means to plungeThis plunging symbolizes the death of our old selves and our resurrection as a new creation.
The early Church used to call baptism enlightenment or illuminationbecause in baptism, we receive the grace of Jesus Christ, the true light that enlightens every man. (John 1:9)
Why do Catholics baptize babies? Shouldnt they wait until theyre adults??REMEMBER: Baptism is like birthWhen were born, we enter a family (faith)We also enter a community (Church)
Example: When you were born in the United States, you automatically became a U.S. citizen.You were given rights and privileges, even though you were too young to realize it.
You didnt choose to become a citizen.Infants are baptized so that they receive a Christian identity for their own good.When they are old enough, they can choose to continue or reject their religion (just like U.S. citizenship).The Sacrament of Confirmation, which is given to older children is just that, a confirmation of Baptism
2. The priest asks the parents and godparents a series of questions, scripture is read and blessings are said.3. The priest anoints the infants neck and shoulders with the Oil of Catechumens. 1. The priest makes the Sign of the Cross on the forehead of the child.5. The priest pours water three times over the childs head and says the Trinitarian formula.6. The priest anoints the top of the babys head with Chrism Oil. 7. The baptismal candle is lit from the burning Easter Candle.4. More questions and prayers.
White garment symbolizes being clothed in Christ, as a new creation.Lit candle symbolizes that the new Christian is a light to the world.Oil symbolizes healing, strengthening and being chosen.
Christ = anointed oneWater universally symbolizes purification, cleanliness, life and also death.
The normal minister for a baptism is a priest, deacon or bishop.although, if it is necessary, anyone can baptize by pouring water over the persons head while saying the Trinitarian formula.The end.