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Baptism is one of the first seven sacraments of the Catholic Church.

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AO1 BAPTISM COURSEWORK 1C PAUL MCGARTY Baptism is one of the first seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. It is the first of three sacraments of initiation which makes a person a full member of the church. The sacraments are baptism, confirmation and the eucerist. There is a special ceremony or rite for the Christian initiation of adults into the church, but the following account is for the baptism of infants. However, the orthodox believes that they are special features for the baptism of a child. The most obvious is the baby is totally dipped into the font. Traditionally the orthodox baptism occurs on the eighth day after birth. The baby is held in the font facing east (a symbol of resurrection) ...read more.

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Normally the parents of the child bring him for baptism and the god parents promise to watch the child and to encourage them in the right way to god. The ceremony happens like so that the child is presintated for baptism by parents and god parents then the parents and god parents profess there belief in the chief beliefs at the Christian church. There is then a shaping of structure which emphasises the importance of baptism then the congregation welcomes the new member of the church the child is then baptised with water poured over his head with the words 'I baptise you in the name of the father the son and the holy spirit'. In believers baptism there are small groups of Christians who do not baptise babies. ...read more.

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At other times it is covered and the communion table is placed over the tank. When adult custom children usually go thought a service of dedication. They are asked to help in bringing up the child in the Christian faith. The baptism works like the candidate must be sorry for there sins and have faith in Jesus Christ. They often give a public testimony to the congregation about this then the candidate presents them selves in baptismal robes then each candidate descends into the water and is completely immersed by the minister ' in the name of the father the son and the holy spirit'. Then a certificate of baptism is given Some Christians do not think it is nessercery to have any external ceremony for there Christian commitment of baptism. E.g. Quakers think that baptism is an entirely spiritual event for a Christian. ...read more.

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