Baptism for Infants

-By Julia Luu-

What does 'Sacrament' mean within the Catholic tradition?

The Catholic Church defines 'Sacrament' as "an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace." One of the dignified Christian rites was considered to have been instituted by Jesus to confer grace. The sacrament is a visible sign of an inward grace, and there is seven sacraments within the the Catholic Church: Baptism, Confirmation or Chrismation, Eucharist, Penace, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony.
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History Of Baptism

The history of baptism can be traced all the way back to the Old Testament times. Dated as far back as the bible's first book where by God's judgement, eight people was saved from the 'Great Flood'. Peter then had indicated that the water of the flood "Symbolises baptism that now saves you." From that point on, people would line up in an orderly fashion way and Peter would get the water beneath their feet and shower it over their heads to forgive their sins.

It is said to be that the origin of baptism could be found in the book of Leviticus. The Levite priest were commanded to a symbolic cleansing in water before and after fulfilling their priestly duties.

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Different meanings of 'Baptism'

In the Catholic Church, parents make the decision of when they want to have their child baptised. However, in the Roman catholic Church, they consider that baptism is so important that even infants are to be baptised within the first few weeks. They believe that if the infant is in danger of death, the infants is the to be baptised without any delay. They declare that "The practice of infant Baptism is an immemorial tradition of the Church."

In ancient Catholic Churches, they insist that infants should be baptised as soon as in practicable after birth. For them, they believe that baptism is not just a symbol, but conveys grace. They also believe that baptism is a sacrament as it is an 'instrument' instituted by Jesus Christ to impart grace.

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How is baptism celebrated?

When an infants has been baptised, everyone is to have a time of 'joyful' prayer. People are not allowed to be taking pictures during this process to maintain the reverent atmosphere and as this is a special time to remember. They then celebrate God's word and the Sacraments. Many parishes celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism as part of the Sunday Eucharist.
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Biblical passage and reference that shows a connection to Baptism

1 Peter 3:21 - 21 and this water symbolises baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

The link between Baptism and Christian living

The link between Baptism and Christian life is that the baptism starts the Christian life off. Baptism starts the journey of Christian life whether it is of a infant or adult.