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Outline the baptismal ceremony and explain the symbols used.

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Outline the baptismal ceremony and explain the symbols used. The baptismal service begins at the door, it is here that the priest will greet the people. He asks the parents what name they have decided to call their newborn baby, and what they require of the church. The parents will require baptism from the church and in return the church requires that the parents fulfil their responsibilities to bring their child up to follow and practice the faith of Jesus. Godparents are then asked if they are both willing to help in the task of establishing the faith into child. The priest then signs the child with the cross claiming the Childs dedication to Christ. ...read more.

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A prayer of exorcism is also said at this point however this does not mean that they are possessed by evil but simply by being born they are surrounded by evil, sin and temptation. It is at the font where, the water for baptism is blessed. As the child is too young to renounce sin and proclaim faith, the parents and godparents do this on the Childs behalf. The actual sacrament takes place when the child has water poured over its head 3 times with the words " I baptism you in the name of the Father, Son, Holy spirit, Amen." Water in everyday life can be both life giving and also destructive e.g. ...read more.

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The child is wrapped in a white garment which symbolises purity and that the child has been clothed in Christ. The baptismal candle is lit from the Paschal candle. Jesus said, "I am the light of the world anyone who follows me will not be walking in the dark, he will have the light of life." The child is asked to follow the example of Jesus and to be an example to others. The parents must lead by example, so that they will follow the correct path in life. Before leaving the font, the Childs ears and mouth are blessed praying that it will hear the word of the Lord and speak it. At the altar the "Our Father" is said, followed by a blessing for the mother father and the congregation. Gareth Mc Grory January 04 ...read more.

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