Catholic Baptism Ceremony - Useful Information and Facts
Do you wish to learn more about a Catholic baptism ceremony?
Among the sacraments within the Catholic Church, baptism is known as the doorway to the spiritual life of the believer. Once one accepts Christ as Savior, the next step is being identified with Him in His death, burial and resurrection.
The process of being immersed in water and then coming up out of it again is significant of what Jesus went through as He paid the ultimate sacrifice for redemption. He suffered and then paid the price of death for those who believe. And then, in newness of life, He arose.
In the church, baptism is the process by which all past sins are remitted (forgiven) and that there is no more punishment due as a result of them. A mark (indelible) of possession to God is imprinted on our souls and imparted to us is all spiritual gifts, the measure of faith our journey will require and ever sufficient grace. The believer is adopted or grafted into the branch along with the chosen.
So, what are some specific details of a Catholic baptism ceremony?
Within the Catholic Church, a person can be baptized as a child with the parents standing in faith for him / her, or he can be baptized as an adult exercising his / her own faith in the process taking place. Infants can be baptized anytime the priest agrees (usually a ceremony involving several families wanting their children baptized), and the Catholic baptism ceremony involves holding the child over a basin and water being placed or sprinkled on its head. This generally takes place as soon after birth as is convenient.
Infants are baptized in white (infinite purity); adults in Sunday best - again white, if possible. Many of the older families within the church have christening gowns that are kept packed away and taken out only when the newest addition to the family is about to embark on this new journey. For those who are being baptized later in life, the sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation may also be received at the same time.
The Catholic baptism ceremony itself incorporates all of the beliefs of the church and / or parents and is generally divided into four parts. The first involves the entrance into the church and an exorcism so that nothing unworthy enters with the sacred party. The priest recites certain words proclaiming the power of God and forbidding entrance of unclean spirits.
During the Ephphetha in the traditional church, the priest uses spittle to touch the ears and mouth of the person being baptized, but in the more modern setting, for health reasons, its use may be omitted from a Catholic baptism ceremony.
As in Mark 7:33-35 when Jesus set free the man who was deaf and dumb, so the person now being baptized is set free of any power other than God's. The person or parents of the person being baptized next renounces Satan. The priest will ask certain questions such as 'Do you renounce Satan? And all his works? And all he has to offer?'. To which is answered: 'I do renounce him.'
The Anointing with the oil of salvation then follows, as it is touched to the heart and between both shoulders in the sign of the cross. This signifies new and everlasting life. It is followed by a profession of faith.
That briefly sums up a Catholic baptism ceremony.
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