• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Baptism - The Christian Life And The Gospel

Extracts from this document...


A.Q.A. G.C.S.E. Religious Studies The Christian Life And The Gospel Coursework Assessment - AO1 Vicky McGuinness, Gerard BAPTISM Baptism is an initiation ceremony. The person who is being baptised becomes a member of the Christian community. Christians look upon baptism as the beginning of a life-long relationship with God. Since the earliest days of the church baptism has played an important part. There are two traditions of baptism one being infant baptism, which is baptism of babies or children and the other being believers baptism which is adults or those old enough to make their own choice. Anglican, Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches all hold infant baptism ceremonies. ...read more.


The child is them either immersed or Holy water is poured on their head as the priest says "I baptise you in the name of the Father the Son and of the Holy Spirit" this is the main part of the baptism service. Once this as taken place the child is anointed with chrism oil because this is a symbol of living by Christ they are also dressed in a white garment to show rejection from Satan and sin. After all this the Paschal candle then provides the ignition for the baptismal candle, which is given to the parents to represent Jesus being 'The light of the world' Orthodox baptisms are different from Roman Catholic because the child is totally immersed in water and given a cross to put around the neck, which symbolises Christ being in their life. ...read more.


The candidates who all have to wear light coloured clothes, which are worn to show forgiveness, step forward to repent their sins and declare their faith in Jesus. Candidates will then either read a passage from the bible or a testimony stating their faith as Christians. They enter the pool as the priest says to them "NAME because you have requested baptism I baptise you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit Amen." The person is then fully immersed in the water, which symbolises a new beginning they then leave the pool while a hymn is sung. Their sponsor, who is someone very important to them, greets them and gives them a towel. Once dried and changed the newly baptized person rejoins the service. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Baptism section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Baptism essays

  1. Rites of passage in the Christian church.

    Finally the person is buried. At an orthodox funeral special mourners (people who attend a funeral) are employed to encourage those there to cry, as it is believed to get rid of most of the peoples grief. When the coffin is slowly lowered into the grave the priest throws a handful of soil onto the coffin.

  2. Religion Coursework: Christian Initiation

    They believe that a person must be old enough to understand the commitments that they are taking before being baptize. They believe in believers' baptism where a person around the age of 13 upwards can be baptized. During the ceremony, the minister will give a sermon that explains the importance

  1. AQA Baptism Coursework

    However those who disagree with this statement might argue how you would fairly judge whether the parents of a child want that child to be baptised because they want him to grow up a Christian, or because they want a social event.

  2. Baptism in the Christian church

    told people to turn away from sin and repent. He used the water to show that he was literally washing the sin away. The same idea takes place today with both baptism, although in Believers baptism the adult is totally immersed into the water where in the infant baptism water is only poured over the child's head.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work