The Garment of Immortality

St. Gregory of Nazianzus-Oratio 40

What is Baptism

‡ Baptism is the first of the seven
sacraments of the Church

‡ Baptism washes away original sin
through Christ and brings us back to God

‡ Through Baptism we are freed from sin
and reborn as sons of God

Source: CCC

Col: Col: 1: 12-13 12giving thanks to the Father." and there was light. light. who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light. . in whom we have redemption.Baptism in the Old Testament . darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son. "Let there be light. He delivered us from the power of light. God then separated the light from the darkness. the forgiveness of sins. darkness. God saw how good the light was.Light ‡ Baptism is seen as Light : Gen: Gen: 1:3-4 Then God said. was. sins.

Baptism in the Old Testament . water has been the source of life and fruitfulness ‡ God·s spirit overshadowed the waters ‡ During the great flood God made a sign of Baptism that made an end of sin and new beginning of goodness Source: CCC .Water ‡ Since the beginning of the world.

All ate the same spiritual food. for they drank from a spiritual rock that followed them. and all drank the same spiritual drink. sea. 14: 28the people set free in Baptism (Ex. and the rock was the Christ. 14: 28-30 & 1 Cor. that our ancestors were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea. . 10: I do not want you to be unaware. 10: 1-6) Cor.Baptism in the Old Testament . and all of them were baptized into sea.Passage Freeing the children of Abraham through the Red Sea waters from slavery is an image of (Ex. Moses in the cloud and in the sea. brothers.

Baptism of Jesus Christ Jesus Himself begins His public ministry after having Himself Baptised by St. the Baptist in the River Jordan Source: CCC . John St.

28:19-20) Source: CCC .The Commandment to Baptize After His resurrection Jesus commanded His apostles : ´Go therefore and make disciples of all nations. baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spiritµ (Mtt.

I say to you: Unless one is born you: again of water and the spirit. he cannot enter the Kingdom of Godµ Jn 3:5.The Necessity for Baptism ‡ Jesus Himself affirms that Baptism is necessary for salvation: salvation: ´Truly. Source: CCC .

This mark cannot be Christ. removed even by sin Source: CCC .The Grace of Baptism ‡ By Baptism all sins are forgiven Original sin and all personal sin as well as all punishment of sin ‡ Baptism gives new life to the person and makes the person a member of the Body of Christ .God·s Church Having become a member of the Church. baptism puts a permanent mark (indelible sign) on the person that he belongs to Christ.

The Grace of Baptism ‡ Baptism gives sanctifying grace Sanctifying Grace makes the person believe. hope in and love God Gives the power to live under the gifts of the Holy Spirit Allows to grow in moral virtues Source: CCC .

faith must grow after baptism The faith grows when the baptismal promises are renewed at Easter time Parents.Faith ‡ Baptism gives faith The faith received by the infant is not a perfect and mature faith ‡ For all baptised. Godparents and the Church community play an important role in helping the baptized person·s faith to grow Source: CCC . infants or adults.

The Rites of Baptism ‡ The Sign of the Cross This sign marks with the imprint of Christ the one who is going to belong to Him and signifies the grace of redemption Christ won for us by His cross Source: CCC .

The Rites of Baptism ‡ The Word of God is proclaimed to enlighten the revealed truth and gets the response of faith from the assembly Source: CCC .

the devil. devil.The Rites of Baptism ‡ Baptism signifies liberation from sin and the instigator of sin. Exorcism is performed and Satan is openly renounced This exorcism will prepare the baptized to be able to confess the faith of the Church Source: CCC .

The Rites of Baptism ‡ The pouring of water on the forehead with the words ´I baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spiritµ brings about the effects of the sacrament Source: CCC .

The Rites of Baptism ‡ The priest anoints the child with the oil of chrism This anointing is a sign that the baptised person shares in the three powers/functions of Christ of: of: ‡Priest ‡Prophet ‡King Source: CCC .

The Rites of Baptism ‡ Candles lighted from the paschal candle are handed over to the baptised person/parents to remind them that the light of Christ which is to be kept burning brightly Source: CCC .

clean and spotless The servants are supposed to be always ready and spotless for the second coming of the savior After this I saw a great crowd .The Rites of Baptism ‡ White clothing is used to bring out the point that as children of God the baptised is supposed to keep his soul pure. standing before the throne of the Lamb. clothed in white (Rev7:9) Source: Our Faith .

Role of Parents ‡ Guide your children to grow in the faith Christ & the Church ‡ Pray for your children & pray with them ‡ Bring them to the Eucharistic celebration often ‡ Make it possible for them to receive the sacraments of the Church YOUR CHILDREN BELONG TO GOD YOU ARE ENTRUSTED WITH THE DUTY TO BRING THEM UP TO BE HIS TRUE DISCIPLES .

Role of Parents ‡ An important role of parents is bringing them up as members of God·s Kingdom (a life in the New Covenant) Covenant) BELIEVE ‡ Grace ‡ Life ‡ Love ‡ Peace ‡ Justice ‡ God NEW COVENANT REPENT ‡ Sin ‡ Death ‡ Hatred ‡ War ‡ Injustice ‡ Mammon OLD COVENANT .

Role of God-Parents God- ‡ Guide & assist parents in bringing up the child in God·s faith ‡ Pray for your children & their parents ‡ Encourage parents to bring children often to the Eucharistic Celebration parents & Godchildren ‡ Be examples of Good Christian living to YOU ARE ENTRUSTED WITH THE DUTY TO ASSIST THE PARENTS IN BRINGING UP THE CHILDREN TO BE CHRIST·S TRUE DISCIPLES .

Gregory of Nazianzus-Oratio 40 .The Garment of Immortality St.

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