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R.E GCSE Coursework Rites of Passage 1 Introduction A Rite of Passage is a ceremony, which marks a stopping or changing point on a spiritual journey. A 'rite' is something required in a solemn or religious event. The 'passage' is a reference to the idea of a journey (journey of birth to death, and beyond). Christians consider birth, maturity, marriage and death as the four Rites of Passage, birth being the first, death the last. I am concentrating on birth and maturity. Birth is marked by different ceremonies in different Churches including infant baptism, chrismation and dedication. The method of entering the Church is by baptism, which is believed by some to cleanse your soul of original sin. Baptism is also seen as the bringing of Christ and the Holy Spirit into your life and is believed to offer you the chance of receiving eternal life. ...read more.


This is basically what I said earlier about the parents bringing the child up within the church, letting the child then decide when it comes to confirmation what path he or she wishes to take. If children are to be baptised the priest reminds the parents and godparents of their obligation of encouraging the child in the Christian faith and asks if they willing to fulfil these responsibilities. 'I will' is the set reply. If the child is old enough, he or she is asked instead. Baptism and Confirmation were once exercised together, and still are in the Orthodox Church, although in most other Churches they are separated. Originally, they were practised together by bishops but due to the overwhelming workload, it was decided that the bishop's assistants, priests, could give baptism, and that confirmation would be set-aside for the bishop. ...read more.


The Holy Spirit descended on the assembled group of Christians after Jesus' death. The Holy Spirit empowered the faction with courage, inspiring them to go and state publicly the news of Jesus Christ. People who receive confirmation are expected to entrust themselves to the grounds of Christ, living a public Christian life. They are expected to be prepared to argue for their faith, and make sacrifices for their beliefs, including the withstanding persecution for their belief. These are important responsibilities, which then take a Christian forward into the responsibilities and commitment of marriage. Conclusion Rites of Passage are important to Christians as they sum up the life process in four basic steps. Some Christians see the two Rites of Passage I have studied as important, as they are the first two of the four Rites of Passage, signifying the growing up period in a Christian. The growing up period is the most difficult time for a Christian to maintain faith, due to hormones, peer pressure and image among other things. ...read more.

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