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How Infant Practices Are Celebrated by Different Parts of Christianity

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How Infant Practices Are Celebrated by Different Parts of Christianity

Baptism comes from a Greek word meaning to immerse or dip in water.

The practise was adopted in the New Testament and almost every

Christian will be baptised (the exceptions are Quakers and the

Salvation Army). However there are many different opinions on how and

when this important Christian Rite of Passage should be carried out.

Many will think at birth. Hopefully I can help so you can make your

own decision about what some call a sacrament and others call a

sacrilege.

The Catholic Baptism Ceremony

The Catholic Church, (and also the Anglicans who practise infant

baptism in a similar way) see Baptism as a sacrament and that it is

very important to baptise infants. The ceremony begins with the baby

and the family being welcomed by the priest on the behalf of the

Christian community. He asks the parents what the baby will be called

and whether they accept the responsibility of bringing up the child

into the Christian faith. In the Catholic service the priest then

makes the sign of the cross over the baby's head and the parents trace

the sign of the cross to signify that this baby is now a member of the

Christian church. Prayers are then offered for the baby and the

family, and the family can either select some prayers or write some

themselves. Then it is asked that the saints in heaven also pray for

the baby so that all will bless it. To prepare for the actual baptism

the priest first anoints the baby with the Oil of Baptism as a sign of

Christ's strengthening power and the priest asks that the baby be

delivered from all evil. Then the water is blessed and t...

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... into the Christian faith either because of their partner

or because of the ceremony. A funeral for a non-believer could comfort

their remaining family. In probably the largest issue a baptised baby

will be given a start in the Christian church to take up if they want

to later in life and it would be best if the baby had the Holy Spirit

inside it. It is wrong to penalise the baby for the actions of the

parents. Also if the church wants to increase the rapidly falling

attendance figures then they could do with more people becoming

Christians. Is the parents asking for a baptised baby not an act of

God?

Overall I would believe most ceremonies to be of benefit only to

believers. However the marriage example above and also infant baptism

could greatly benefit the falling members of the church and the people

involved.
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