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The rite of baptism


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An overview of the Catholic Rite of Baptism designed for parents and godparents to learn how the sacrament is celebrated.

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The rite of baptism

  1. 1. The Rite of Baptism Bringing your child into God’s family
  2. 2. Welcome • Celebrant: What name do you give your child? Parent: state child’s name • Celebrant: What do you ask of God’s Church for N? Parents: Baptism
  3. 3. • Celebrant: You have asked to have your children baptized. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training them in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring them up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor. Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking? Parents: We do.
  4. 4. To the godparents • Celebrant: Are you ready to help these parents in their duty as Christian mothers and fathers? Godparents: We are.
  5. 5. Signing with the cross • Celebrant: N the Christian community welcomes you with great joy. In its name I claim you for Christ our Savior by the sign of the cross. I trace the sign of the cross on your forehead and invite your parents and godparents to do the same.
  6. 6. We listen to God’s Word • Scripture Reading and Homily • Intercessions (Prayer of the Faithful) Please Respond: Lord, Hear our prayer after each intercession
  7. 7. Prayer of Exorcism and Anointing before Baptism • After the prayer, the celebrant anoints the child with the Oil of Catechumens
  8. 8. Celebration of the Sacrament Celebrant blesses the water to be used in Baptism
  9. 9. Profession of Faith • Celebrant: Dear parents and godparents: You have come here to present this child for baptism. By water and the Holy Spirit they are to receive the gift of new life from God, who is love. • Celebrant: Do you reject Satan? Parents and godparents: I do • Celebrant: And all his works? Parents and godparents: I do • And all his empty promises? Parents and godparents: 1 do • Celebrant: Do you believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth? Parents and godparents: I do
  10. 10. • Celebrant: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, died and was buried, rose form the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the father? Parents and godparents: I do • Celebrant: Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting? Parents and godparents: I do • Celebrant: This is our faith. This is the faith of the Church. We are proud to profess it, in Jesus Christ our Lord. All: Amen
  11. 11. Baptism • Celebrant: Is it your will that N should be baptized in the faith of the Church, which we have all professed with you? Parents and godparents: It is. • Celebrant: N. I baptize you in the name of the Father, (pours water) and of the Son (pours water) and of the Holy Spirit (pours water)
  12. 12. Anointing with Chrism • Celebrant anoints child with chrism on the crown of the head
  13. 13. Lighted Candle • Celebrant: Receive the light of Christ; father or godfather lights the child’s candle from the Easter candle
  14. 14. Conclusion • Lord’s Prayer • Blessing of Mother/Father • Final Blessing