Friday, January 06, 2006

The Sacrament Of Baptism

There are three Sacraments of initiation in our Church, Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation

Jesus gave us the Sacrament of Baptism.

Jesus showed us how to be baptized when He was baptized in the River Jordan by Saint John The Baptist.

Later on, Jesus told His Apostles “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all that I have commanded you.”

Baptism is a gift. We are either baptized as babies or as adults. Adult Baptism is done at the Easter Vigil for people who were not born into Catholic families. In the bible, we read that whole families were baptized, fathers, mothers and children.

When we are baptized, God puts a seal on us. We are marked forever with the sign of Baptism. We are only baptized once because once we have been baptized, we are baptized forever.

The day of our Baptism is a very special day. We receive certain graces and blessings when we are baptized.

It puts a permanent mark on our souls, the mark of a Christian.

We are forgiven of Original Sin.

We become members of the Catholic Church.

We can receive other Sacraments.

Baptism makes us children of God and gives us a right to Heaven.

The priest is usually the person who gives us the Sacrament of Baptism, however if a baby or older person is dying, anyone can baptize them.

Baptismal Font

The blessed Holy Water for Baptism is kept in the Church in the Baptismal Font.

When we are going to be baptized, water is poured over our heads and these words are said “I baptize you in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Before we are baptized, our parents choose two persons, a man and a woman to be our Godparents. Our Godparents are good Catholics who promise at our Baptism to make sure that we are raised Catholic. They encourage us to be holy, pray for us and help us on our way to Heaven. This is a very big responsibility because they promised to help our parents take care of our souls. They are like our Spiritual parents and we should remember to honor them and thank them.

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