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Transcript of Catholic Baptism
Water is used in baptism because it symbolizes purity, new life and cleansing from sin. Another reason why water is poured over the head is that water is essential to life because if there is no water then there will be no living life.
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How old can you be to be baptized?
What other Religion uses the same baptism concept as the Catholic baptism?
Where was Jesus baptized?
Jesus was baptized on the river Jordan by his cousin John the Baptist. This event was what started baptism. Although baptism has been a ritual before Jesus was born, the baptism of Jesus convinced and persuaded more people to get baptized and become Christian.
What is the purpose of Baptism?
Baptism is the first sacrament out of the 7 sacraments. Everyone who joins the Catholic church must go through this as a welcoming ceremony. During the ceremony water is poured over the person who is getting baptized so that they could come into the Catholic religion free of sin. That is the purpose and importance of baptism.
Where did Baptism originate from?
Baptism originated from the Jewish mikvah which was a ritual washing. Baptism was performed when Christianity became a religion. Mikvah was a washing that was performed every week before the Sabbath or a holy day and in many ways. Mikvah is similar to baptism however baptism lasts for a life time.
An image of a pool of mikvah.
The first thing is the person and their parent and godparent must do the sign of the cross to welcome everybody to the ceremony. Secondly everyone must say the baptismal promise if the persons being baptized is too young their parents say it on their behalf. The priest then anoints the person forehead with oil to symbolize strengthening for the problems ahead of life. After each person comes up to a bowl of holy water in which the priest will pour water over the person head to wash away all sins and also to symbolise life because without water there will be no life in this world.. More promises are made and a candle is lit while the person being baptized wears a white garment as being clothed in Christ.
What happens during a baptism ceremony?
The usual baptizing age is mostly infants ranging from when they are born to 2 years old. But Baptism is a ceremony of welcoming people into the Catholic church therefore anyone any age can be baptized.
All Christian Religion such as Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran and many other religion such as Hinduism, Judaism. According to secondary source research all religions adopted the baptism rituals from one another has altered the ceremony meaning from each other. That is why Catholic Baptism is only performed once for each person and will last a lifetime.
What symbols represent Baptism?
Water represents the cleansing of sins from our first parents Adam and Eve.
The White Garment in which can be past down from family generations is worn to symbolise purity, innocents and as being clothed in Christ
The Candle is lit during the ceremony to represent new life.
Oil of Chrism is marked on the person by the priest to represent the seal of the holy spirit.
The dove is also a symbol of baptism because when Jesus was baptised a white dove flew over and Jesus thought of the holy spirit descending from heaven.