Baptism

Among the Seven Sacraments, Baptism is the first, and therefore, it is the basis for Christian life.

One can only get to the other Sacraments after being born into the Church.

 Water and the Spirit.

Baptism is necessary for salvation according to John 3:5.

John gives us the elements of Water and Spirit, through which one is born into the life of the Church (Christian)

Water

In life, water is very essential because it is the source of life. In everything that we use in our daily life, water must be present. It is found in the cooking, building houses, refining, processing, etcetera.

In Genesis, in the beginning, Water is prefigured as to have existed before and not created. Genesis gives the picture of Water, where the Spirit of God is existing together with it.

The water that is used at Baptism, is blessed by a priest because water can be catastrophic and also brings life. So in the blessing of water, the Church prays for a source of life.

Spirit

John(3:5)  has that the Spirit must be present at Baptism. The Spirit is only incorporated by mentioning of their names as commanded in Matthew (28:19-20).

According to Matthew, the Spirit for Baptism is in the name of the Trinitarian Persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

The three persons in the Trinity are one God (Father + Son + Spirit = One God.)

The Church Father, St. Ignatius of Antioch, acknowledges that through the Baptism of Jesus, the water is Purified.

The infant or candidate is anointed with the oil of catechumens,

Before the actual Baptism, the candidate is usually purified with oil of catechumen. This is the prayer of the Church against the evil.

Then the parents, godparents, or candidate making the profession of faith, because it is usually a gathering of a community of believers.

Briefly, How the Holy Mass Developed

Essential Elements at the Sanctuary

The Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church

categories and Groups of the Seven Sacraments

Infant Baptism

The Method of Baptizing:

The minister baptizes by immersing the child in water or pouring water on his/her head while pronouncing “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” The child is then anointed with sacred chrism.

The Church also recognizes that a valid Baptism is in three ways:

  1. By Immersion
  2. Pouring water on the head
  3. By sprinkling

Immersion

The tradition of St. Paul in his mission work

Pouring Water on the Head

This is essential more especially for infants, other than immersing an infant in water.

Sprinkling

This is used for special circumstances, for instance baptizing one who is greatly affected by skin disease or severe burns. These wounds are not to be in contact with water.

Other rites that follow the actual Baptism, are the clothing with white garment and handing on the lighted candle.

  1. white garment – Symbol of purity. The newly baptized is as pure and clean from sin as the white garment.
  2. lighted candle – represents Christ as the light of the world, therefore, one who is baptized bears this light.
Briefly, How the Holy Mass Developed

Essential Elements at the Sanctuary

The Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church

categories and Groups of the Seven Sacraments

Infant Baptism

In Baptism, we are made King, Priest, and Prophet

King

To be co-heirs in the Kingdom of God (Jn 3:5)

Priest

Sharing in the common priesthood of Christ. To offer the sacrifice of our time to serve God.

Prophet

The sole duty of a prophet is to proclaim the will of God. Not to Foretell the future.

The Sacrament of Baptism is only given once. If there is a new entrant into the Catholic Church who was Baptised with the correct formulae and proper form, then, he/she will only be given the rite of reception into the Church, therefore no “second Baptism”.

The correct formulae are to use the Trinitarian persons (Matthew 28:19-20) and Water (John 3:5).

The Church Baptizes Infants. The children below the age of reason. Read more on Infant Baptism by clicking here.

Briefly, How the Holy Mass Developed

Essential Elements at the Sanctuary

The Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church

categories and Groups of the Seven Sacraments

Infant Baptism

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