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Describe and explain the central features of infant and believers' baptism.

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Religion Coursework Skill AO1 Qu.Describe and explain the central features of infant and believers' baptism Throughout this piece I will go into detail about the central features of infant and believers' baptism,I will start off by talking about Infant baptism. The first central feature is 'The Welcome'.The parents, godparents, friends and the baby gather at the back of the church, by standing at the back this represents the child not yet part of Gods family.The priest welcomes them in and asks them what name they have given their child,and what they want from the church.The godparents are then asked if they will take the duty as christian parents.The water is then placed on the childs head,washing away original sin.This is a sign that the child is becoming a member of Gods family.Another main feature is 'celebration of Gods word.' A reading from the new testament about baptism is read then a short sermon by the priest. ...read more.

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The child is annointed on the head with chrism, this is done in silence. During baptism there are two times when the child is annointed. One is before baptism, which accompanies the prayer of exorcism, this is the oil of Catechumens which is a sign of strength to resist temptation, sin and evil.The oil of chrism is a symbol of consecration for special serviced in the family of God. This reminds us we are followers of the annointed one. The child is dressed in a white garment which is a sign of new life and faith. The childs godparents now recieve a candle representing the childs faith, they are asked to take responsibility of upbringing their child. Traditionally the Godparents had to insure that their Godchild was given a christian upbringing if the parent wasn't able to take the responsibility. The infant baptism ceremony ends with the final blessing of three prayers, one for the mother, father and the congregation. ...read more.

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This is replicating being fully imersed in water. It also replicates Jesus dying on the cross and ressurecting. Firstly the minister gives a sermon explaining the importance of baptism. Those out of the congregation who wished to be baptised are called forward, the candidates are asked if they have repented of their sins and if thay have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The candidate may give a testimony as to why they want to be baptised. The candidate annd minister then step into the pool and the minister baptises her. The believer must be completely emerged under water as a sign of drowning to sin. Non believers of infant baptism say that as the children grow up they may rebel against their parents or their relegion because they were not given the choice of being baptised. In conclusion, my opinion of infant baptism after reading about it I think the main reason for being baptised is to be cleansed of original sin and no-one wants their child to be raised as a sinner. By Maria O'Hare ...read more.

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