Purpose Of Symbolism In Catbraptism
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 …show more content…
The second symbol is the stole, it signifies the priest’s authority to preside over the Sacraments and his authority to absolve sins. When a priest hears confessions, he wears a purple stole, which symbolizes repentance and sorrow. The third symbol is the raised hand, during the Sacrament of Reconciliation, after the penitent makes the Act of Contrition, the priest offers the Prayer of Absolution, the blessing that removes the person’s sins, and as he does so he extends his right hand over the penitent’s …show more content…
Only bishops and priests may be ministers of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. A penitential rite followed by the Liturgy of the Word opens the celebration. Scripture awakens the faith of the sick and family members and friends to pray to Christ for the strength of his Holy Spirit. The priest lays his hands on the head of the sick person. He then proceeds to anoint, with the blessed Oil of the Sick, the forehead and hands of the sick person.
The first symbol used is candles, traditionally, one or two candles are part of the “Sick Call Set,” and the candles are lit at the time of the priest’s arrival. By lighting the candles, the faithful acknowledge and welcome Christ present in the Eucharist, which is often given at the time of anointing, as well as Christ present in the person of the priest who represents Jesus. The second symbol used is an olive branch, it is a symbol of the consolation of the Holy Spirit imparted by the sacrament of anointing. Often, the olive branch is shown carried by a dove, a symbol for the Holy