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Baptism of Water
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Baptism by water is what most people equate with baptism. Baptism is intended to cleanse a person's sins and put him on the path to getting right with God, according to Clarifying Christianity.com. In some religions, baptism of water is done when people are still babies and, in other denominations, baptism happens when people makes a conscious decision. Baptism by water is the only type of baptism that is considered a sacrament, or sacred, by the Catholic Church.

Baptism of Repentance or Desire


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The baptism of repentance or desire is not considered a sacrament by the Catholic Church, but viewed as an analogy to baptism by water. Baptism of repentance happens internally when a person accepts Jesus into his heart. This is done by either wanting to change or admitting sins and expressing a desire to change. Baptism of repentance or desire, according to the church, has the same transformative power as baptism of water, but is an internal change instead of one marked by a public ceremony.

Baptism of Blood
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Baptism of blood is similar to the baptism of repentance or desire; it is an internal process rather than a public ceremony like the baptism of water. The baptism of blood requires the blood and heart of a person to be cleansed by pure love for God. The baptism of blood occurs when someone performs a great work of charity, often at a personal cost. A person who undergoes a baptism of blood would not have been baptized by either of the other types of baptism.

Methods for Baptism of Water


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Different churches use different methods for baptism of water. In most denominations, clergy use holy or blessed water for the ceremony. Some churches use special water brought from the Holy Land. Others use regular water blessed by the minister or priest. The water can be sprinkled on the head of the person being baptized, but in other denominations, baptism of water is done by dunking a person under water or immersing him in the water. These methods take root in the baptism of Jesus when John the Baptist baptized Jesus in a river.
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Baptism is something intimately associated with Christianity but also something that is still widely misunderstood. Even if you've already been baptized, it's good to brush up on your understanding of this sacred practice. So here's a quick overview and a couple of the main questions that come up most often in relation to baptism - See more at: http://mynewhope.ca/search.asp#sthash.SYt9Q1y6.dpuf
For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.

How Important is Baptism?

Now that we've discovered the real meaning of baptism, let's look at it's importance. It's essential to understand that baptism does not guarantee anyone a trip to heaven. Salvation comes only through the death and forgiveness of Jesus Christ and there's nothing we can do to earn it. Unless true conversion comes first, then baptism is just a meaningless ceremony. Now let's look at what Jesus said about this subject: "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." (Mark 16:16) From this statement, we see that Baptism is very important to Jesus, which means that it should be just as important for all of His followers today. If we believe in Jesus, then we should take part in baptism. Jesus is our example (1 John 2:6) and He was baptized (Matthew 3:13-17), which means that we should follow His leading in this matter. We know that baptism means a lot to Christ, especially since He emphasized it's importance in His closing words here on earth: "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (Matthew 28:19-20) In Acts 2:37-38, the people who wanted to be right with God asked this question "What shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." So we see that everyone who wants to give their heart to Jesus and please Him will follow through with God's plan of baptism. In Acts 8:12 and Acts 16:30-33, we find again that baptism follows conversion and acceptance of Jesus. (See also Acts 8:35-38 and Acts 22:10-16)

Baptism was the central rite in the ceremonies of initiation into the Christian church. It required faith, and so was normally associated with a period of instruction and involved a verbal confession of faith, and of repentance, so it was often accompanied by prayer, fasting, and a renunciation of Satan. It was normally administered by immersion in water. After examining antecedents to Christian practice and usage of the words for baptism, this article will consider the baptism of Jesus as foundational for Christian practice, other texts on baptism in the Gospels, the corpus of Pauline writings, the Acts of the Apostles, and other New Testament texts. Then some attention will be given to developments in the early history of the church, especially related to the doctrine of baptism, and particular problems related to the practice of baptism. The literary evidence from the early church in regard to baptism is supplemented by attention to evidence supplied by art and archaeology. In the Greek baptizo simply meant 'immersion'. Although we often associate baptism with a religious rite and normally water baptism, this was not the case with the early readers of the Greek NT books. They would have understood these terms as "immersing in the Holy Spirit", "immersion in water" etc. In the Greek baptizo simply meant 'immersion'. Although we often associate baptism with a religious rite and normally water baptism, this was not the case with the early readers of the Greek NT books. They would have understood these terms as "immersing in the Holy Spirit", "immersion in water" etc.

Water God uses the sacrament of water to give his divine life to those who believe in him. cleanse him from sin in a new birth to innocence by water and the Spirit. - From the rite of baptism. Reflecting on our history, we see how water was created to cleanse and give life. In the very beginning of creation (Gen 1:2), the spirit of God breathed on the waters of the earth. In the great flood, water marks the end of sin and a new beginning of goodness. The Israelites passed through the Red Sea and were delivered from slavery into freedom. In the waters of the Jordan, Jesus was baptized by John and anointed with the Spirit. In baptism we pass through water - a sign of our participation in the death of Christ and his emergence into freedom. Freed from the power of evil; the power of Gods life and love will prevail. Paschal candle Receive the light of Christ. These children have been enlightened by Christ. They are to walk always as children of the Light. - from the rite of Baptism 700 years before the birth of Christ, Isaiah the prophet told of a people walking in darkness seeing a great light. (Isaiah 9:1). Jesus announces to us that he is the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. (John 8:12) At Easter, the Paschal candle is lit as a sign of the risen life of Christ. This life is stronger than death. It cannot be put out but shines brightly in the world as a sign of hope and of the strength of love. At baptism, a small candle for each child is lit from the Paschal candle. The priest says, Receive the light of Christ. Parents are instructed to keep the light burning brightly and the flame of faith alive in their childs heart. White garment You have become a new creation , and have clothed yourself in Christ. From the rite of baptism Quickly, bring out a robe the best one- and put it on him Luke 15:2

At baptism the church wraps new members in a white garment a sign of acceptance and belonging in the community of faith. The garment is white, like Jesus light, and covers us from head to toe. The child is dressed in this garment during the rite of baptism a visible sign of Jesus light and life now present in the child.

Oil of the Catechumen Bless this oil and give wisdom and strength to all who are anointed with it in preparation for their baptism. -From the blessing of the oil of catechumens may he strengthen you with his power -From the rite of baptism Oil softens, heals, comforts, and protects. The oil of catechumens is applied to the childs chest with the sign of the cross. This oil, a sign of strength, imparts the power to resist evil. The child, strengthened by the gift of Gods Spirit, will be guided and guarded by God on every step of lifes journey.

Sacred Chrism Oil when they are anointed with this holy oil make them temples of your glory, radiant with the goodness of life that has its source in you. -From the blessing of the chrism As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so may you live always as a member of his body, sharing everlasting life. -From the blessing of the chrism The chrism is composed of olive oil and balsam(fragrance). Perfumed oil has the unique quality of both attracting others and setting apart the one who is using it. This oil, placed on the crown of the head, calls us to be the good fragrance of Christ. 2 Cor 2:15. Oil has been used through the centuries as a sign of Gods favor. In the Old Testament, solemn anointings indicated those called for a specific task in God' kingdom. Being baptized into the anointed body of Christ, we are called to be priest, by living a life of prayer; to be prophet, by announcing the Word of God; and to be king, by leading with integrity. Signs and symbols of Baptism 1. Sign of the Cross is given by priest, parents and godparents to claim the child for Christ. (not made with water). 2. Water - Purifying Symbol of life but also death - Baptism is a sign of New Life - the Christian is freed from the death of sin. (Poured three times, not with sign of the cross). 3. Oil of Catechumens strength and protection. (RCIA member of household) 4. Oil of Chrism - consecration for the service of God. This oil contains perfume. The candidate is crowned as a new Christian the anointing is on the crown of the head. 5. White Garment White, the colour for the clothing of the Messiah, reborn in Christ. 6. Candle - Jesus light of the world - lit from the Pascal candle which represents the resurrection of Jesus. Be a light. 7. Words - 'I baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.' The key words in the ceremony when the water is poured over the baby's head. 8. Faith. The faith of those involved parents, god parents, faith community