Infant Baptism

Infant Baptism

This is currently among the controversial sacred duty the Catholic Church faces with other evangelicals.

In the Catholic faith, for a Tradition of over 2000yrs, the Catholic Church has never denied Baptism to Infants.

The most Basic reason that the Church Baptises infants are Faith. It is usually up to the Parents and Sponsors to decide and bring forth their Child to be Baptised. In the same way that a mother has faith to safeguard the child by giving it food, clothing, medication, etc, for which the child never asks for. The Mother also gives the child Baptism which they never ask for.

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

Baptism

In the early Christian work, St. Paul in the Acts, is seen as Baptising the whole Household, this includes the owner of the House and His Children.

Peter the Apostle, Baptises the Centurion along with his clan.

The Practice of Faith is usually in a community of Believers. For instance, Just like all the other sacraments, the Eucharist is celebrated in a community of believers and not privately.

St. Augustine taught that it is important to free the Infants from the original sin > It is not right to keep innocent children at home with the guilt of the original sin, whereas all human beings are born with the sin of Adam.

When the Church also Baptises a mature insane person, the Faith for his Baptism is in the community of Believers (the Parents, Sponsor and other members).

From the Scriptural point of view, I give the following reasons:

  1. In the New Testament, Infant Baptism is not Explicit, but Implicit. But really through Baptism, we are able to come into a covenant with God. The good thing about this New Testament Covenant is that it is for male and female as opposed to the Old Covenant where we see in the Old Testament, circumcision is restricted to Infant boys, the girls here are left out. Therefore, the New Testament Covenant is not Explicit, but Implicit, because the Old Testament is Explicit and not Implicit, why? God commands all the Infant males be circumcised, a circumcision that they no not of and is known only by their Parents. jesus Himself is circumcised at 8 days old, so as to be a member of this covenant.
  2. I like to think that, Infant Baptism is not denied in the New Testament, because, the Old Covenant, was fulfilled in the New Covenant, but not abolished. This is from a reliable source – Jesus.
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

Baptism

Requirements for Infant Baptism:

Here is a list of basic requirements for Infant Baptism:

  1. Baptismal name (Christian name is usually preferred)
  2. Sponsor (This will be the spiritual parent to the Child)
  3. Stole fee (the amount depends with the parish)
  4. Candle (Christ the light of the world)
  5. White garment (Symbol of purity)
  6. Offertory for the Mass
  7. The Infant (Never forget to come with the Child to be Baptised)

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