Baptism Is The First Step Of A Lifelong Journey Of Catholic Faith
Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of Catholic faith. Whether you are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Catholic Church’s way of celebrating the embrace of God.
The purpose of Baptism is an individual public profession of personal faith in Jesus Christ and surrender to Him.
Water is a symbol used in Baptism becuase water was created to cleanse and give life and in the waters of the Jordan, Jesus was baptized by John and anointed with the Spirit. Second is the Paschal Candle, Jesus is the “light of the world”. At baptism, a small candle for each child is lit from the Paschal candle. The priest says, “Receive the light of Christ.” Parents are instructed to keep the light burning brightly and the flame of faith alive in their child’s heart. Thirdly, a white garment is wrapped around new members by the Priest, a sign of acceptance and belonging in the community of faith.
Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrafice and a meal. As we receive Christ 's Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God. First Eucharist is usually celebrated during the Easter season with children in second grade or above.
To celebrate this sacrament, children will, prticipate in on-going faith formation, attend the sacrament prep sessions, and have celebrated First Reconciliation.
The first symbol is wheat, it is used as the main ingredient for bread, and Jesus is the Bread of Life. Sometimes wheat is…