Recipient Matter Form Minister Grace conferredBaptism
-By baptizing theirinfant children,parents are affirmingthe New Covenant andare themselvescovenanting to raiseup their children asbelieving children andmembers of thehousehold of God.This is in completecontrast to the popularfolk religion of the daythat says, "I will allowmy children to makeup their own mindabout God andspiritual things whenthey are older."Christians are called toraise up their childrenin the way they shouldgo so that when theyare older they will notdepart fromit.(http://www.angelfire.com/nt/theology/baptism-infant.html)-The matter forBaptism is water.The
of the sacramentfollows:
properly speaking. Itsignifies andactually brings aboutdeath to sin andentry into the life of the Most HolyTrinity throughconfiguration to thePaschal mystery of Christ. Baptism isperformed in themost expressive wayby triple immersionin the baptismalwater. However,from ancient times ithas also been able tobe conferred bypouring the waterthree times over thecandidate's head.(CCC 1239)The essential rite of -The form of baptismis very clear from theBible. Let us noticethe plain teaching of the Scripture aboutthis matter.1. The form of baptism requiresWATER. John theBaptist said, "Iindeed baptize youwith water" (Matt.3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke3:16; John 1:26,33).A Bible baptismrequires water. Theword translated within the above verse isusually translated in.The meaning here is,"I baptize you inwater," though theKing James versiondoes not make thatclear. But certainly,Bible baptismrequires water. 2.New Testament-This is clearly contained intheBible.Thus we read(Acts
2:38): "Be baptized every oneof you in the name of JesusChrist,for the remission of yoursins;and you shallreceive theHoly Ghost.Forthepromiseis to you and toyour children and to all thatare far off, whomsoever theLord our Godshall call." Weread also in thetwenty-second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles (verse 16): In case of necessity,baptismcan be administered lawfullyand validly by anypersonwhatsoever who observes theessentialconditions,whetherthispersonbe aCatholic
laymanor any other man orwoman,hereticorschismatic,
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02258b.htm-The different effects of Baptismare signified by the perceptibleelements of the sacramental rite.Immersion in water symbolizes notonly death and purification, butalso regeneration and renewal.Thus the two principal effects arepurification from sins and newbirth in the Holy Spirit.
For the forgiveness of sins . . . ByBaptism
are forgiven,original sin and all personal sins,as well as all punishment for sin.
In those who have been rebornnothing remains that wouldimpede their entry into theKingdom of God, neither Adam'ssin, nor personal sin, nor theconsequences of sin, the gravest of which is separation from God."A new creature"1265Baptism not only purifiesfrom all sins, but also makes theneophyte "a new creature," anadopted son of God, who hasbecome a "partaker of the divine