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Describe the Baptism Ceremony.

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A) DESCRIBE THE BAPTISM CEREMONY Baptism is the first sacrament of initiation. The sacrament incorporates a person into the church to share in the mission of the church and welcomes the new member as a Christian. The sacrament demands preparation and celebration both individually and as a community. The sacrament is celebrating new life. Baptism is a sign of God's welcome and the welcome of the Christian community. The welcoming takes place at the entrance to the church where the priest welcomes the child and its family to God's house. The priest then invites them to come to the baptismal font. He then explains to the parents what exactly baptising their child will entail. He tells them that they have asked for their child to be made a new Christian member and that in doing so they are accepting the responsibility of helping to train their child to use his/her faith. The priest then asks the godparents if they are prepared to help the parents do this. Then the child is welcomed into the family of Christ. "In its name I claim you for Christ our saviour by the sign of the cross." ...read more.

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At the exorcism in baptism, the child is being freed from the control of all evil forces. "O God, you sent your son to cast out the power of Satan, set this child free from original sin." However the child will still have the free will to deliberately choose to sin. The priest then anoints the child with the oil of catechumens as a sign of strength and healing of the one who is preparing to be baptised. At this point the celebration of baptism begins. The child is brought to the baptismal font, which may be near to the entrance of the church. The water is then blessed and the parents and godparents are then called upon to renew their faith with the baptismal promises. These are basic questions, which make up the promises a person makes when he/she intends to live a Christian life. The priest asks questions such as, "do you reject Satan and all his works and all his empty promises?" The reply given is "I do". The questions also ask if the parents and godparents believe in God the Almighty and in life after death. ...read more.

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In Baptism the infant wears a white garment as a sign of their new life and their new faith which rejects all sin. White is associated with something that's new, innocent and pure, therefore it's a good colour for baptism. The Baptismal Candle is given to one of the parents to light from the great Paschal candle, which represents the resurrection of Jesus. The ideal time for baptism is at the Easter Vigil where Jesus' resurrection from the dead into eternal life is celebrated. The candle lit at baptism represents our belief of this. When the candle is being lit the priest says, "Receive the light of Christ...to be kept burning brightly...this child of yours...is to walk always as a child of the light. May he keep the flame of faith alive in his heart." The Lord's Prayer and blessing is then performed at the altar. If the baptism is performed at a time other than Mass, then the "Our Father" is said at the altar. The child has now been made a fully-fledged member of the Christian community and is now able to call God his Father. The three blessings consist of one for the mother, one for the father, and the last is for all those who attended the baptism. Ciara Mc Caughey 5C RELIGION COURSEWORK ...read more.

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