Hsc Religion Essays

1026 Words Jul 15th, 2011 5 Pages

Baptism is such an important part of a person’s life. The sacrament of baptism goes back to 200 year old tradition. I will be focusing on community for the sacrament of baptism; there are different views, practices and significance of baptism for the individuals across many Christian churches such as Armenian Orthodox, Roman Catholic Church, and Anglican Church.
For Orthodox Christians the significance of the sacrament of baptism is in the entry into the church as members of body of Christ. It is the ‘new birth ‘by which we die to the world, and are raised with Christ to external life. It is through baptism
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The next day the priest will come to the babies’ home and shower the baby in a small font and pray with the family for the blessing of the baby. The water that the baby has been showered with it cannot be dropped in drains because of it has holy oil in it from the baby’s body so it is usually used to water the plants.
The significant symbols that are important for baptism are baptismal font, water, oil, candle, new clothes, and movement around the church.

Catholics see baptism as a sacrament ‘an outward and visible sign of an inward and invisible grace’. The rite of baptism is a means by which God communicated grace. The baptised infant becomes free from the chains of sin and is joined to the body of Christ.
In the Catholic Church the baptism starts off by the priest greeting the community in the church and goes on to ask questions to the parents and confirms the parents wish for baptism. After the priest has questioned the parents the priest, parents and God Parents draw the sign of the cross on the Childs body following this is the liturgy where all the church pray for the child and sing homilies. Then the time has come to anoint the child with the holy oil and baptism water has been blessed as well with the blessed water the child

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