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  1. What Are Rites of Passage?

    It also reflects Jesus, the head of the church, as, before he began to spread his message, he was baptised in a body of water, by John the Baptist: - "Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, in order to be baptised by him. But the latter tried to prevent him, saying: 'I am the one needing to be baptised by you, and are you coming to me?' In reply Jesus said to him: 'Let it be, this time, for in that way it is suitable for us to carry out all that is righteous' then he quit preventing him.

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  2. The meaning and significance of baptism for Christians today.

    We believe that through baptism we are strengthened against temptation, sin and evil. The Oil of Catechumens is an outward sign of this. In infant baptism anointing with Chrism shows that God has chosen the infant for a special purpose. The fragrant perfume symbolises the beauty and dignity of the child. As Christians we believe that in baptism we are leaving behind a life of sin and starting a new life in Christ. We can see this in the symbolism of water.

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  3. Rites of Passage.

    Child baptism is seen as a sign that the parents will bring the child up to follow Christian faith, and most Christians exercise child baptism although there is disagreement about when baptism should be received. The child cannot decide for itself, if it wants to be baptised, therefore Baptist churches prefer adult baptism, as they believe that baptism consists of a commitment that should be made by a mature adult Christian. The parents and godparents make promises on the child's behalf and express the intention of bringing the child up as a Christian believer.

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  4. Baptism - infant and believers.

    Baptism has been a part of the church since the early days. It is a formal procedure of ritualistic cleansing. Jewish people believed that entering a body of water could make them clean, not only physically but also spiritually "God shows us through the bible that he wants his people to be baptised" "e.g. Jesus getting baptise" A few references from the bible: "Turn away from sins and be baptised and God will forgive your sins" (Mark 1:4) "And just as he (Jesus)

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  5. Outline the baptismal ceremony and explain the symbols used.

    The priest then signs the child with the cross claiming the Childs dedication to Christ. The parents and Godparents also do the same. The service moves to the Lectern, where a reading is presented on a topic relating to baptism, followed by a short sermon explaining baptism. Prayers of faithful followed by the Litany where the saints are asked to pray for the child. Catechumen is anointed on the forehead of the baby. This signifies that they will be open to sin and temptation throughout their lives and this is to give them strength to resist temptation.

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

    and Paul's jailer and his entire family (Acts 16:33)1 For this coursework I am going to discuss the changes in Rite over 2,000 years. There have been many changes in Baptism over the past 2,000 years. I am going to describe and explain the central features of infant and believers baptism today. I am going to take into consideration the following denominations: Orthodox Catholic Anglican Methodist and Baptist. There are five main symbols of Baptism in the central features. The most important of these is Water: Baptism involves ritual drowning/death and rebirth, ritual washing away of sin.

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

    To this the priest replies 'God has received you by baptism into his church.' In an Anglican service, the congregation will now say 'We welcome you into the Lord's family. We are members together of the body of Christ; we are children of the same heavenly Father; we are inheritors together of the Kingdom of God. We welcome you.' Other churches will also have some way of greeting the newly baptised baby. The parents are now expected to ring up the child in the Christian faith, and if the child later wants to accept the Christian faith later on, it can be confirmed to extend its faith.

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  8. Believers Baptism is better Than Infant Baptism.

    It's because God always deals with parents and their children together. This is proved through such stories in the Old Testament as Solomon and Gomorrah (Gn.19). In this story it was the adults who committed the gross sin, but when God rained down a hail of fire, it was the whole family who was killed, not just the adults. It is similar with the story of Moses and the 10 plagues. (Ex.7-11) In connection to the dealing of parents and their children together, God does not just destroy adults and children if the adults have sinned, but he also blesses

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  9. How Baptism has affected a Christians life.

    Laurence was too shot in the head, but he amazingly survived. The bullet passed through his left eye socket, and lodged itself in part of his brain, destroying his sense of taste and smell. Many surgeons advised him to take leave of his 'gangster' lifestyle, but he ignored their advise, and as soon as he was discharged, he was back in the gang. He did, however, get baptised during his stay in hospital, because he believed it was a way of repaying God for saving him on that tedious day.

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  10. Baptism in the Presbyterian Church.

    The Pastor may ask the candidate to kneel before the water. Then the Pastor will then say "Let us pray" He will then Say the lords prayer followed by a testament to God concerning the baptism of the person. He will then ask the candidate "My brother/sister, are you willing to affirm your promises to God and to strive to fulfil His Will, as laid down by the Master Jesus Christ? " The person will answer "I am willing and I earnestly desire so to do." The Pastor will then place his hand over the water in the font, and say a prayer blessing the water in the font.

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

    A reading from the new testament about baptism is read then a short sermon by the priest. The baby is then anointed, firstly with the oil of Catchechumens. The child is anointed on the chest and prays that it will be spiritually strong. The baby has now got all the gifts it will need to lead a christian life. The most central and important feature of infant Baptism is 'the celebration of the sacrament.' The third resumes around the Baptismal font. The priest blesses the water in which he baptises the baby with. Obviously the child is unable to state whether it wants to led a christian life but by the parents decision they are putting their faith and trust in God.

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  12. Baptism - you can get baptised in many different ways

    Infant baptism in the Roman Catholic Church involves the baby being in clothes and the priest just making a sign of the cross on the baby's forehead (like infant baptism in the orthodox church) but the baby is not fully immersed into the water, just the sign of the cross is made on the baby's forehead. This is probably meant to emphasise the fact that the power of the cross will drive away the evil from the baby's body. No hair is cut from the baby in baptism in the Roman Catholic Church, but in the Orthodox Church, hair is

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

    This baby's' clothes then get taken off to symbolise leaving an old life behind. This is what happens at the service, it falls into 3 main parts: -The priest blesses the baptismal water with a prayer and breathes on the water in the shape of a cross. -Then a pre-baptism anointing with the 'Oil of Gladness' takes place. -In the baptism itself, the baby gets held in the font, facing east (a symbol of the resurrection) and dipped into the water 3 times, while the priest says a prayer.

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

    Baptism is once only ceremony as the effects of it are permanent. Baptism today occurs when you are an infant or an adult. A Christening is the name given to the ceremony for infant baptism. The name for adult baptism is Believers Baptism. The Baptists, Christian Brethren and the Pentecostal Church all favour Believers Baptism, as theyelieve people should wait until they are old enough to make their own decision whether to profess their faith in Jesus.

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  15. Rites of Passage.

    The priest makes the sign of the cross on the child's forehead, nostrils, ears, eyelids, lips, hands, chest and feet. As he does this the priest says, "The seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit". A small lock of hair is cut off to show that the child is committed to the Christian religion. This is the Confirmation. The child is also given a cross so that he/she can wear it for the rest of their life. The child is now considered to be a full member.

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

    Water symbolises new life, cleansing and death. The child's original sins are purged and washed away, while the new child shares its everlasting life with God. Baptismal water indicates death to the old life and share in the new. * Oil- oil is a sign of being set aside or chosen by God to perform a special task. Oil also heals and protects. The oil shows that the infant has been baptised. * Light- a candle is handed to the parents of the infant, this symbolises a challenge to carry the light of Christ into the 'dark world'.

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  17. The Baptism Service.

    Here is an outline of the baptismal ceremony at a Baptist church: Elder: " (Name) , do you admit that you are a sinner and in need of a saviour? Candidate: "I do." Elder: " (Name) , do you now promise with the power of the Holy Spirit to try to live as a follower of Jesus?" Candidate: "I do." Elder: " (Name) , who is your saviour?" Candidate: "Jesus is my Saviour." Elder: " (Name) , who is your Lord?" Candidate: "Jesus is Lord." Elder: " (Name) , I now baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit."

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  18. Baptism - an essay description

    But they also help the parents in the ordinary ways of daily life - by their special concern for their godchild, by their example, and by whatever assistance they can provide in raising the child. During the baptism , they declare their readiness to help the parents "in their duty as Christian mothers and fathers." The Priest claims the child for Christ by signing the child's forehead and he tells the parents and godparents to do the same. Everyone moves on to celebrate God's word.

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  19. Baptism - The Christian Life And The Gospel

    Anglican, Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches all hold infant baptism ceremonies. I am going to focus on the Roman Catholic service. The service; As the child, its parents and its god-parents enter the church they are welcomed by the priest (the priest can also be called the minister) he then leads them to the baptismal font, while doing this he asks the godparents if they are prepared to help the child's parents to practice the faith. They are also asked why they have brought the child to the church. After this the priest says the child's name and welcomes them into the community.

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  20. A sacrament is an outward sign of inward grace.

    We go to get confirmed as a Christian later on in life so we can continue to follow God. Having faith in god is another thing being a Catholic is all about. Catholics have faith in God and sometimes put this faith into action by working for justice and peace. Some Catholics decide to stand up for something or preach to spread the Good News. When they do this they have faith that God is with them and is giving them the strength to do what they are doing. Baptism is a sign of God's love. When we are baptised we are invited to join His family. It is our parents' faith and love that brings us to baptism.

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  21. Early Christianity is related to Judaism in many of its practices, traditions, rituals, and certain aspects of its theology.

    In the Jewish faith, baptism was a ritual performed by the Pharisees used with new converts (Hopfe 314). Eucharist, also known as the Lord's Supper or Communion, "has been used in the Christian tradition to refer to one of the central rites of the church, namely, the ongoing commemoration of the last supper that Christ had with his disciples before his crucifixion or the commemoration of the crucifixion itself" (Grenz 47). It is believed that the practice of communion has its roots in the Seder meal of Judaism, "in which the community recalls the divine history as they partake of

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  22. There are many different central features of infant and believers baptism.

    The person has to be old enough to be a believer. The person is lowered backwards into the water as the words of baptism are spoken. The person then is completely submerged during the service. This baptism is usually done in a specially built pool called a Baptisery. It usually is built into the ground and is covered when not in use. This type of baptism can sometimes happen in a River, Lake, Swimming Pool or the Sea to try and make it as much the same as Jesus' Baptism as possible.

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  23. ' Baptising babies is pointless' Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer, showing that you have consider more then one point of view.

    Once baptised you can receive the other six sacraments. The child will be able to receive the sacraments of reconciliation at times when they need God's forgiveness and they will also be able to receive the Eucharist. It is believed that at baptism the child is removed of Original sin. Children inherit human nature from their parents part of this has a weakness which makes people most likely to sin, this is known as original sin. When the water is sprinkled on the child is thought of being the Holy Spirit entering the child's life.

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

    It is from the roots of 2,000 years ago that our rites of baptism in the Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican, Methodist and Baptist churches today have developed. The focus of this essay is some of the more developed rites of baptism as celebrated today and the most important features and working down. Water There are two methods of baptizing in every church: immersion and pouring. Each is used three times on each person. This symbolizes the three days Jesus was in the dead. Immersion is les frequent but more faithful to Jesus' intention, because technically baptism means to plunge under water.

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  25. Explain The Beliefs Roman Catholic Christians Hold About Their Responsibilities For Those At The Beginning, And The End Of Their Lives.

    The sacrament of baptism represents the beginning of life. People baptise as Jesus was baptised, this was a turning point in Jesus' life, and marks the beginning of his mission. He commanded his disciples to baptise, 'Therefore go, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.' (Matthew 28: 18-20) Catholics believe that they have a responsibility to do what Jesus told them to do.

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