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The Christian rites Of Passage

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The Christian rites Of Passage I have chosen to do Baptism as my Christian rite of passage. Baptism is a sacrament and only the Quakers and ___________ do no perform this Christian rite of passage. Baptism is a rite of purification by water, an initiation service far the candidate who is taking part in the Infant service. There are 3 different types of baptism, infant, believers and christmation. Each of these is done differently depending on the church. For the Church of England Infant baptism the child is usually accompanied with its parents and their sponsors, godparents, the parents and godparents are asked to pray for, draw them by their example into the Christian faith and walk with them in the way of the Christ. ...read more.


Finally the minister addresses the parents and sponsors with the commission, which explains that the church will also help, with the parents, to bring the child up into the Christian faith. This means as part of the church they all have to support them by prayer, example and teaching. This is just the Church of England's way of service; other churches like the orthodox have the baptism and christmation in the same service. Christmation more commonly known as confirmation is basically the confirmation of the original baptism. Like I mentioned earlier the child is usually to young to vouch far themselves at infant baptism and so confirmation is the confirmation of what their parents and godparents vowed on their behalf. The Orthodox Church has their baptism and christmation in the same service so this is done at an age of which the candidate knows what is happening. ...read more.


When the candidate does take part in the believer's baptism they are given a membership card, which they must keep, updated by regular attendance and duties toward the church. Believer's baptism is done by immersion. For this there is a small pool sunk into the floor of the church. Before the service takes place the pool is filled with warm water up to one meter. The minister then ducks the candidate under the water representing the death of their old sinful life. The rising out of the water represents the new born cleansed and forgiven person. This represents a new beginning and a renewal of their previous baptisms. Before the immersion takes place the candidate explains to the congregation how he\she came to their faith and why they would like to further their involvement. This is called a testimony. The Minister then blesses the candidate in the name of the father, son and the holy sprit. Clint Houlahan Word Count 700 ...read more.

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