by Adriana Borg

Meaning of baptism

Baptism is a sacrament of initiation, the baptism celebration involves being welcomed into the church. Being reborn as a follower of christ and Being freed from all sin. When a person is baptised, he/she is openly identifying them self with Christ, acknowledging that he has both died and is raised again.

The link between baptism and christian living.

Baptism is a sign of new life with god and the christian community.

The connections to christian living are The development and nourishment in the catholic church when the initiated person is welcomed and called to become an active member in the life of the community.

symbols in Baptism

What is the relevant historical background on baptism?

The word baptism comes from the greek verb baptizein, which means to plunge or immerse in water. In its earliest form, baptism was performed by people being fully plunged into water. Emerging from water was symbolic of the new life that baptism brought about. Baptism can be taken back to Old Testament times. As far back as the first book of the Bible eight people were saved from the flood of God’s judgment.Luke 3:21-22 21 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.

How is baptism celebrated?

In most baptisms today a, a small amount of water is poured by the priest over the head as a sign of washing. Baptism celebrates new life. Baptism marks the transition of a person into the community of faith. Baptism brings us together and keeps us on our way in Christ.

What is the meaning of“sacrament” within the catholic tradition?

Sacraments are specific signs of god's special action in the world. There are seven sacraments. Receiving the sacraments helps build a relationship with god.