In this 5th Grade lesson, you learn about the Sacrament of Baptism. You will also study how this Sacrament makes you a member of the Holy Catholic Church and why it is necessary for salvation.
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On the way home from the Baptism by Heinrich Ewers
In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, we read about the Baptism of Jesus. Saint John the Baptist wished to be baptized by Jesus. But, Jesus was baptized by John in order to give an example for us. Jesus established the Sacrament of Baptism at this moment.
This Sacrament is critical for our salvation. No one can receive the Graces of the other Sacraments without first being baptized. Through this Sacrament, you are cleansed from the stain of Original Sin and receive Sanctifying Grace. You receive a permanent seal on your soul, as you are only baptized once. This means that you now belong to God in His family. Baptism is necessary for salvation.
Ceremony of an infant baptism:
Most of us are baptized when we are born. Some people are baptized when they are older or as adults. The ceremony is the same regardless of the age of the person being baptized. Let’s review how a baby or child is baptized.
First, the priest asks the name of the child. The person receiving Baptism is given a saint name, so that he or she will have a saint to imitate. Then the parents ask the Church for Baptism for their child. There are readings from Scripture and may be a homily and intercessions.
The priest prays exorcism prayers and anoints the child with oil. The godparents make the baptismal promises for the child. They promise to make sure the child is brought up in the Catholic Faith. They also promise, on behalf of the child, to reject the devil and his pomps and works. They accept for the child the goal to avoid sin and live according to what the Catholic Church teaches.
The priest blesses the water. He pours water over the child’s head and says: “I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” The child is clothed in white garments, symbolizing the Resurrection. The priest gives the child a lighted candle, and there is a final blessing. Once the Baptism is complete, the child is officially a member of the Catholic Church. The child is freed from Original Sin and the Holy Spirit dwells in his soul.
When you experience this great Sacrament, you become part of the Mystical Body of Christ. As you have learned, Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation are the three Sacraments of Initiation. In these Sacraments, you are united with Jesus and participate fully in His Church.
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