The Process of Baptism Baptism is a sacred action in which the Christian community comes together to celebrate. This sacrament is a symbol of God's care for us, and by carrying it out we bring ourselves together closer to the Lord. During Baptism, we are received into the church. The first thing that happens during a Baptismal celebration is the welcome into the Christian community by the priest at the entrance to the church. The Priest, or Celebrant asks the parents the name they wish to give their child followed by what they ask from the church for that child.
The sign of a cross is made on the child’s forehead by the priest while he says; “I sign you with the cross, the sign of Christ. Do not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified.” As the priest says the child’s name and; “I baptise you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”, he pours water onto the child’s forehead. A lighted candle is usually given to the parents as a sign and reminder that the child is now in the light of god, and not the darkness of sin. After this ceremony the child is part of the Christian family. The child is anointed with oil called chrism, it is to show the child has important work to do in god’s service.
Infant baptism Welcome into the Christian community At the entrance of the church the priest welcomes the child and parents. "you are accepting the responsibility of training him to the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring him up to keep God's Commandments." The sign of the cross is traced on the child's forehead (symbol of belonging to God). "I will now trace the Sign of the Cross on your forehead and invite your parents and god-parents to do the same" A celebration of the Word of God Readings take place from scriptures, showing the importance of Baptism.
What happens at an infant Baptism ceremony? Welcoming At a Baptism ceremony, the parents are welcomed with their infant, by the priest into the Church. This shows the baby has been redeemed by God to his kingdom. Gospel Then the priest prays for the infant and one of the Gospels is read. So they can here the “good news.” Promises made The parent and godparents make promises on behalf of the child because he/she is too young.
To this the priest replies 'God has received you by baptism into his church.' In an Anglican service, the congregation will now say 'We welcome you into the Lord's family. We are members together of the body of Christ; we are children of the same heavenly Father; we are inheritors together of the Kingdom of God. We welcome you.' Othe... ... middle of paper ... ...nity.
They need to ensure the development of the new faith: this is made clear by the words spoken by the priest, along with the symbol of the cross, which suggests protection. "For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, every one whom the Lord our God calls to him" John (2:39) The next place that the child goes is to the "book", where the priest asks the parents what name they wish the child to be called. The priest prays for the child and the family. He lights the baptismal candle. This light is a symbolism of a "new light" being brought into the world and into the church.
He reminds them of their responsibilities as Parents and God parents. The parents and God parents make the sign of the cross on the baby’s fore head following after the priest. A person then comes up to the lectern to read a piece from the Bible. After, the priest says the homily. He anoints the baby on the chest with the oil of catechumen.
He asks what name they give their child and what they want of the church for their child, they reply “Baptism”. He asks the god- parents if they agree to help the parents in their duty as Christian parents. And then traces the sign of the cross on the child’s forehead: the parents and god- parents do the same. This is a sign of ownership and that the child now belongs to God and it is also a sign of the saving power of the crucifixion of Jesus. The celebration of the word of God includes a number of readings that stress the importance of this sacrament.
By observing this, it is seen that Mary, in fact, leads the disciples of Christ in the early days of the Church through her example and prayers. At the wedding feast of Cana, she instructs the servants to “Do whatever he tells you”. All of the members of Christ's Church are called to follow this simple order given by the Blessed Mother, just as the servants at the wedding feast did. To this day, Mary's active participation in her Son's Church in being both a guide and intercessor continues to draw people closer to her Son. United with her Son in heaven, she listens to the cries of her children, and answers their call.
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... ... middle of paper ... ... into the Christian faith either because of their partner or because of the ceremony.