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

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Describe and explain the central features of infant and believers baptism. Baptism is one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. It is the first of three sacraments of initiation which make a person a full member of the Church. There is a special ceremony for the Christian initiation of adults into the Church; this is called 'Believers Baptism'. The first thing that happens during an Infant baptismal celebration is the welcome into the Christian community by the priest at the entrance to the church. The Priest asks the parents the name they wish to give their child followed by what they ask from the church for that child. When the parents reply that they wish for their child to be baptised the celebrant explains to them their responsibilities and asks the godparents if they are willing to help the parents bring the child up in the church. ...read more.

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Everyone then goes to the baptismal font, the celebration of the baptism begins and the water is blessed. The priest asks the parents and godparents to renew their faith. At this time in an Orthodox Church baptism the Creed is said. The child is now baptised, the priest pours water over the child's forehead three times while the following words are said, "I baptize you in the name of the father, and of the son and of the Holy Spirit." The Orthodox Church immerses the child 3 times in the water. The baptism is followed by a second anointing, the priest anoints the child on the crown of the head with Chrism. This is done in silence, after which the child is dressed in a white gown. The priest now holds the Paschal candle and says: "Receive the light of Christ". ...read more.

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Each candidate may read a short passage from the Bible; they may also give a testimony, explaining how they came to be Christians. The candidate enters the pool by a set of steps. The candidate and the minister will then step into the pool. The minister says, "(Name), because you have repented of your sins and have requested baptism, I now baptise you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen". The candidate is gently immersed in the water and then leaves the pool. As the candidate comes out of the water the congregation may sing a hymn. A friend will be waiting at the top of the steps with a towel, this person will have been chosen by the candidate. The candidate is led off to change and the baptism is then over. GCSE R.E Coursework Kevin Mc Anena 12F ...read more.

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