Meaning And Significance Of Baptism

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The Meaning and Significance of Baptism

Baptism is a very important part of the Christian faith, in the Roman Catholic Church it is the initial sacrament of initiation, the other two being Holy Communion and Confirmation. It is the start of the religious journey through Christianity. By being baptised it is showing a commitment to the Christian faith it is both a public as well as personal commitment and declaration to show your dedication to your faith. Baptism signifies a life long covenant between God and the candidate. As Christians we share a private relationship with God and baptism is commitment to that relationship.

Baptism is also special as it is a tradition of the Christian church.
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An appropriate piece of scripture is then read, usually to do with either Jesus’ baptism or conversation about eternal life. The homily expresses the importance of baptism to the congregation. The bidding prayers are said for the parents, godparents as well as in the hope of new life through baptism for the infant. There is a prayer to saint’s for their intercession for the infant being baptised. The godparents are there to pledge their support for the parents in the upbringing of the child and primarily in the development of the child’s spiritual growth.

The exorcism, the getting rid of evil spirits and anointing is where all possible evil that may have control over the child is driven away. Despite the fact that evil had been rid, the child still posses free will and can deliberately make the choice to sin, however once they are baptised, they can ask for God’s forgiveness and have their sins absolved. The oil of catechumens is anointed on the chest of the infant. The oil is a sign of strength and healing. It gives the infant the inner strength to resist the temptation of sin.

When the infant is brought to the font, the water; a sign of
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This is done as the infant cannot make these promises themselves. The blessed water is poured three times on the forehead of the infant; this is signifying the Holt Trinity. The priest then says “NAME, I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.” This is the moment where the actual sacrament of baptism occurs. The child is anointed with Chrism oil, to assist the child in the challenges they will receive during their journey of faith. It represents how special the child is and that every child is unique. The oil of Chrism is a sign of dignity and being the child of God. It has a beautiful fragrant smell which emphasizes the beauty and innocence of a child.

The baptismal candle is then lit from the Pascal candle and reminds us of Jesus’ resurrection and new life with God, just as baptism is. The Our Father is then said and a blessing is said by the priest. This final prayer shows the relationship with God through prayer and shows that Jesus too communicated with God through prayer as he taught us the Our

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