What is baptism?

Baptism is one of the three sacraments of initiation. “Baptise” comes from a Greek word “Baptiso” meaning to dip. Baptism began in Jesus’ time when people came to John the Baptist to ask for god’s forgiveness of their sins and then to be dipped in the water of the river Jordan as a sign of turning pint in their life’s in which they would follow and live by God’s way from then on. Jesus also came to John to be baptised, but as he was sinless he therefore didn’t need John’s baptism of repentance, but was baptised in order to show his solidarity with us sinners who are in need of forgiveness of god. Christians are baptised today as they see baptism as new life, to turn to Jesus, to believe in Jesus and to follow his ways.

Infant Baptism

      Some Christians believe in infant baptism where babies are baptised just after they are born. They believe that it is the babies right not to be excluded from being a member of god’s family. Godparents are chosen for the child. The parents and godparents at baptism make promises on behalf of the baby and encourage the child in their Christian faith as they grow up, until they are able to make promises of their own.

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    The ceremony of infant baptism begins when the priest welcomes the parents and godparents at the church entrance. Here the priest asks the child’s name and what the parents want for the child from the church. The priest, parents and godparents trace the sign of the cross on the forehead as a sign that the child now belongs to god and is a sign of the saving power of Jesus’ crucifixion. During infant Baptism the priest anoints the child twice. Firstly with the oil of Catechumens, as a sign of strength against temptation, sin and evil. Then with ...

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