Uy, Diane Margret V.

2013400067 SEMINAR 2 1-A

March 24, 2014

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SACRAMENTS OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION

The sacraments of Christian Initiation are Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist; such sacraments lay the foundations of every Christian life. Accordingly, the faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life as nourishment. By means of these sacraments of Christian Initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of the divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity. The Initiation into the life of the Church as a three-tiered sacramental process is gradual and continuous. It takes place within the community of the faithful and is responsible for passing on its faith, values and traditions to the next generation; included in such responsibility is introducing the children into the Sacramental life of the Church. In the process of initiation the three sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist are interrelated and are introduced in our lives gradually. Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and gives access to the other sacraments; we are then called ‘Children of Light’. It is celebrated during our infantry to free us from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers of Catholic mission: ‘Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water and in the word’. Baptism is the first sacrament celebrated and is considered as a foundation to Catholic life since Baptismal Grace includes the reality of: (1.) forgiveness of Original Sin, (2.) birth into new life as adoptive children of the Father in Jesus, (3.) Members of the mystical body of Christ, (4.) temples of the Holy Spirit and (5.) partakes of Christ’s priesthood. It is hence our Christian identity. By the sacrament of Confirmation, the baptised are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence are considered as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed. By signing us with the gift of the Spirit, Confirmation makes us more completely the image of the Lord and fills us with the Holy Spirit, so that we may bear witness to him before all the world and work to bring the Body of Christ to its fullness as soon as possible. Through Confirmation, the Holy Spirit: (1.) keeps us rooted more deeply in divine filiation, (2.) incorporates us more firmly into Christ, (3.) strengthens our bonds with the Church and associates us more closely

(4. The communion with the body of Christ: (1.) helps us bear witness to the Christian faith. The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life.) strengthens our bond of charity with Jesus. are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. It completes the Christian Initiation. (2.with her mission and (4. Confirmation is our own Pentecost. we receive nourishment and grace.) reinforces the unity of the whole Church. as sacrifice. (3. as source and summit of the Church life. we are reminded of Jesus’ sacrifice for our salvation. as a memorial.) increases our union with the Lord. Through communion. Through the Eucharist. and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate. The other sacraments. the Lord comes to us as act of thanksgiving. . and by receiving the Eucharist. The Sacrament of Confirmation seals us with the sign of the Spirit and completes the grace of Baptism. as presence.) forgive our venial sins and preserves us from grave sins.

and He increases his life of grace within us. grace since it is given even to the guilty. The first among the seven sacraments is Baptism. anointing. anointing . for Catholics. Hence. heal us from sin and nourish God’s grace bestowed upon us. and paves way for our own salvation. the seven channels of grace or sacraments are further manifestations that we are the children of God. Baptism literally means "plunge" or "immerse". that unless man is born again with water and the Holy Spirit. However. Through this sacrament. and shelters us from the darkness. enlightenment. garment of immortality. it is alternatively called a gift. and the first of Christian Initiation. the "plunge" into the water symbolizes the catechumen's burial into Christ's death." All of us are born with the stain of original sin. the sacrament is not a mere formality. It is called gift because it is conferred on those who bring nothing of their own. it allows us to be closer to God and enjoy a life with Him. Baptism because sin is buried in the water. the original sin may be seen as a hindrance in our journey towards God’s perfection. we are freed and cleansed. 2013400067 SEMINAR 2 1-A March 24. Jesus Christ himself made it clear that baptism was necessary for salvation. The sacraments are signs established by Jesus Christ that cause what they signify. It is considered as the first step for full membership in the Body of Christ. because it brings us into new life in Christ. grace. In relation to filial adoption by God. Baptism can be considered as one of God's most beautiful and magnificent gifts. Its importance also roots from the facts that the power of the Paschal mystery of Jesus is presented to us for the sake of salvation. from which he rises up by resurrection with him. It is the basis and foundation of Christian life as it opens the door. Hence. God offers us a way to be freed from the original sin which is Baptism. Diane Margret V. it is the very mark of a Christian. bath of rebirth and seal. as "a new creature. he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. and to experience the promise of God.Uy. 2014 ______________________________________________________________________________ BAPTISM Embedded in the Catholic life are Sacraments which allow us to receive graces from God and achieve the perfection of charity.

a child is baptized into the faith of the community. Since it was initially the parents’ choice to allow their child to be baptized.for it is priestly and royal as are those who are anointed. It is not only a decision which involves a child and his parents but Baptism also requires the participation of the community. bath because it washes. its commitment may be renewed daily and remind ourselves of the mission of the Church as well as our to profess our spiritual identity. Baptism cannot be repeated. However. enlightenment because it radiates light. the character which consecrates the baptized person for Christian worship. the meaning and significance of Baptism in the Catholic life is one with various and deep meanings. However. Baptism is also a very special sacrament since it may only be done once in our whole lifetime. (St. Because of its character. . Baptism imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual sign. we may have seen Baptism as an ordinary or routinary process which an infant is presumed to experience. and seal as it is our guard and the sign of God's Lordship. clothing since it veils our shame. Baptismal commitment may be renewed every day through blessing of holy water. although Baptism may be done once in a lifetime. Thus. it becomes the responsibility of the community to pass on their faith to the child. Gregory of Nazianzus) As a child.

Diane Margret V. . Receiving the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. it also be given only once.Uy. he has put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. to confess the name of Christ boldly. the "character. The celebration of Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace: (1. the Eucharist. for it too imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual mark. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. our enrollment in his service for ever.) it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics. 2013400067 SEMINAR 2 1-A March 24. the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are said to be as true witnesses of Christ." which is the sign that Jesus Christ has marked a Christian with the seal of his Spirit by clothing him with power from on high so that he may be his witness." This seal of the Holy Spirit marks our total belonging to Christ. Since Confirmation completes Baptism. it is fitting to consider the sign of anointing and what it signifies and imprints: a spiritual seal.) it renders our bond with the Church more perfect. and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation. he receives the "mark. 2014 ______________________________________________________________________________ CONFIRMATION Baptism.) it unites us more firmly to Christ. (4. and never to be ashamed of the Cross. By means of Confirmation.) it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation. and (4. as well as the promise of divine protection in the great eschatological trial.) it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ. Confirmation is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. Catholics are also marked with a seal: "It is God who establishes us with you in Christ and has commissioned us." the seal of the Holy Spirit." whose unity must be safeguarded. In treating the rite of Confirmation. (2. more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed. (3. By anointing the baptized.

the spirit of wisdom and understanding. and it allows to share God’s word.By receiving the spiritual seal. the spirit of holy fear in God's presence are also received. This sacrament is also transformative as it changes who we and who we are capable of becoming. . and not just to hear God’s word. the spirit of knowledge and reverence. the spirit of right judgment and courage.

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