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Describe and explain the central features of infant and believers baptism

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A01 Describe and explain the central features of infant and believers baptism Introduction The Catholic Ceremony This is the first of 3 initiation sacraments (which make a person a full member of the Church), Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Jesus was baptised, and he told his disciples to do the same. "Not long afterwards Jesus came from Nazareth in the province of Galilee, and was baptised by John in the Jordan." Most Christians are baptised as a child although other Christians may receive the sacrament as adults There is no clear reference in the Old Testament of the baptism of children and was not practiced until the 4th century as some people believed that unborn babies may not go to heaven unless baptised. Infant baptism Welcome into the Christian community At the entrance of the church the priest welcomes the child and parents. ...read more.

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"You must make it your constant care to bring him up in the practice of the faith" They are an open declaration of the Christian teachings (in the Apostle's Creed). The Baptism The child is baptised by pouring water 3 times over the child's forehead (infusion) "I baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."-Priest This is the sacrament of baptism. The child is now a member of the Church. The Anointing with Chrism Baptism is followed by the anointing of chrism (symbol of the child being called to live as Jesus did). The concluding part of baptism emphasises the new life and faith of the Christian. Clothing with the White Garment White is associated with innocence and purity. The priest puts the white garment (shawl) around the child as a sign the child's soul is spotless because it has been baptised and cleansed of original sin. ...read more.

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It takes place in a pool inside the church (may be in a river or sea). The Service Candidates (those being baptised) are asked if they have faith and have repented their sins. They give a testimony after an important reading from the bible. This explains how they came to be baptised. The candidate enters the pool (as a sign they wish to leave their old life behind). "Because you have repented your sins, I now baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen." - The Minister The candidate is briefly immersed in water (sign that the old life has died and that Christians are buried in the way Jesus was). For a brief moment the minister rocks the person, back in the water so that their whole body is immersed (symbolises the death of old life). Leaving the pool symbolises that new life has begun. A hymn may be sung and the candidate leaves to live life as a Christian. Michelle Sally 11i ...read more.

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