The Celebration of Baptism

The sacrament of Baptism has many significant rites and symbols within the celebration itself.

 

We begin with the sign of the cross, which marks the gift of redemption that Christ brought about through his dying on the cross.

The proclamation of the Word reveals God's truth to the assembled.

The prayer of exorcism and anointing before baptism frees us from sin and prepares us for the Holy Spirit. Strengthening us with God's power.

The baptismal water is blessed and is a sign of God's gift through the Holy Spirit, of new birth into divine life.

Our profession of faith is a renewal of our faith and a promise as a community of believers that we will develop and grow our faith and that of the person being baptized.

Next is the essential rite of Baptism which involves immersion or pouring of the baptismal water three times.

Anointing with the sacred chrism signifies being anointed by the Holy Spirit and becoming a member of Christ's body, sharing in everlasting life.

The white garment shows us that the baptized member has been "clothed in Christ".

The candle is lit from the Easter candle revealing that we have now been "enlightened by Christ".

Ephphetha or Prayer over Ears and Mouth asks that we receive and proclaim the Good News.

The solemn blessing concludes the celebration and blesses the parents that they teach and bear witness for the baptized.

 

    

 

Matthew 28:19-20

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”