The Sacrament of Baptism

By: Marlee Weidner

The beginning of a long journey in Christ.

Baptism has many holy symbols. Here are just a few:

Paschal Candle, Holy Water, White Garment, Sacred Chrism Oil, Holy Spirit, Oil of the Catechumen, Godparents, Family Members, and the Priest.

What is Baptism?

Baptism is the sacrament of the removal of original sin. But, that's not all baptism grants us. It allows us to live a holy life with Christ as our goal to be like.

The process of Baptism

First, a person/baby either stands in, sits in, kneels in, or is held over the water and the water is sprinkled over them. The Priest will read through a few things such as the the reading of the scripture (might be in Latin). Then the priest will issue the godparents and do the remission of sins. Non-Catholic members attending may get confused.

The Baptismal Vows

V. Do you reject Satan?

R. I do.

V. And all his works?

R. I do.

V. And all his empty promises?

R. I do.

V. Do you believe in God, The Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth/

R. I do.

V. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?

R. I do.

V. Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?

R. I do.

V. God, the all-powerful Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and forgiven all our sins. May he also keep us faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ for ever and ever.

R. Amen.