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

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Caroline White 10FW R.E Coursework AO1: Describe and explain the central features of infant and believers baptism. Infant Baptism Anglican, Orthodox, Copt, Roman Catholic and few protestant churches baptise infants. The priest (or Deacon) welcomes the family and friends of the infant into the church and starts the ceremony by saying, "Faith is the gift to his people. In baptism the Lord is adding to our number those whom he is calling. People of God, will you welcome these children and uphold them in their new life in Christ?" (Mark, a Gospel for Today) The family then reply, "With the help of God we will." (Mark, a Gospel for Today) ...read more.

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The family then answer, i.e. "I reject them." The Priest marks the Cross on the child's' head whilst saying, "Christ claims you for his own; receive the sign of the cross." (Mark, a Gospel for Today) A few prayers are then shared for the child and everyone recites the Apostles Creed, an ancient statement of what Christians believe. The child is then baptised. The child is slowly dipped into water; babies may have water poured over their head instead of actually going under the water. This is when they receive Christian names, the Priest recites, the name followed by, "I baptise you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." ...read more.

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The priest then dips the believer beneath the water for a short moment so that their whole body is covered by water. The believer then leaves the water, normally by a different set of steps to show that their new life with Christ has already begun. Instead of the family of the believer answering the questions, "Do you reject the devil...?" The believer answers the questions himself. AO2: Explain the meaning and significance of Baptism for Christians Today? Infant Baptism Christians today believe that baptising an infant cleanses the child of original sin. It is not easy to believe that a child is born with sin but Christians believe that all humans are born with the sin of Adam. Baptising infants also makes the child become part of the church and it also makes the child 'one of Gods family.' ...read more.

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