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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 ------------- Infant Baptism Baptism is one of seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church. Infant baptism is the first of three sacraments of initiation to make a person a full member of the Church. The parents and godparents of a child promise to make their faith known to the child as it grows older. The priest welcomes the child into the Christian Community at the door of the Church and asks the parents and the god-parents if they are willing to bring the child up as a Christian. A Reading from the Bible is read usually about baptism. The priest then gives a short homily explaining the readings to the people. ...read more.

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It is a sign that the new Christian is a Prophet, a priest and a King. Following the Early Christians tradition the child is then given a white garment as a sign of purity. A candle is given to one of the parents who lights it from the Easter candle (known as the Paschal candle, which is a symbol of life and knowledge). The Lord's Prayer is said, the priest gives a special blessing for the parents and the child. Believers Baptism In the Church of the first Christians most people who were baptised were adults. Gradually baptism of adults became less, because most adults were already Christian and more babies were baptised. However, the baptism of infants is still based on the baptism of adults and some Christian groups (such as The Quakers) ...read more.

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This also symbolised the change from one way of life to a new, pure kind.] The service starts with the person being baptised telling how they came to believe in Jesus as Christ. He/She then walks into the pool and joins the minister who is in the water. The minister totally immerses the person into the water. At that moment the person is a full member of the Baptist community. In the Baptist Church there is no Sacrament of Confirmation because the person who is being baptised has made their choice as an adult, knowing the full responsibility of their own decision. Many denominations that use Believer's baptism refer to baptism as 'being born again'. This is actually a reference to a teaching of Jesus about baptism. After baptism the person is usually given words of encouragement and a hymn is sang. Barry Connolly 12J ...read more.

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