01-07-2018 Baptism: Becoming a Christian

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
January 7, 2018—The Epiphany of the Lord
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Scripture Readings
BAPTISM: BECOMING A CHRISTIAN*
Have you ever experienced any initiation ceremony prior to joining any organization or other group? How did that experience make you feel?

Baptism, together with Confirmation and the Eucharist, constitute the “Sacraments of Christian Initiation.”Faith and Baptism are necessary for our salvation and entry into Christ’s Church.

Our Baptism is our birth into new life in Christ and makes us children of God. It incorporates us into Christ’s redemptive death on the Cross, frees us from Original Sin and all personal sins, and allows us to rise with Christ to eternal life.

The only prerequisite to Baptism is faith, which we publicly profess during Baptism. We profess our faith in our Triune God, and we renounce those choices, values, and beliefs that are opposed to Christ. We renounce sin, we reject Satan, and we agree to live in the freedom of being children of God.

Since Baptism is a covenant with God, we must freely consent to it. With respect to the Baptism of children, the parents, godparents, and the entire community present confess this faith on behalf of the children.

The usual form of Baptism is through the threefold immersion of the candidate in water, or the pouring of water three times over the candidate’s head, while the minister of the sacrament proclaims the words, “[Candidate’s Name], I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

Our soul is “sealed” with a permanent, spiritual mark or character identifying us as belonging to Christ. Because of the permanency of this spiritual mark, Baptism cannot be repeated.

At Baptism, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within us, and we become members of the Body of Christ. There is a mystical union between Christ and his people, and between one another. We are like the branches of a single vine, all connected to one another through Christ. We are linked across generations, space and time. We all share a common dignity and are united in the vision and values that prioritize love of God, others, self, and all creation. 

We accept our lifelong, baptismal responsibility to grow in holiness. Through the power of the Holy Spirit and with the Church—the People of God—we become actively involved in living, witnessing, proclaiming, and continuing Christ’s mission to promote and bring God’s reign of love, justice, peace, mercy, healing, forgiveness, and salvation in our time and place.

U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults, Ch. 15.
 Reflect on Your Experience

      U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults (USCCA)  Catecismo Catolica de los Estados Unidos para los Adultos

Videos
"The Sacrament of Baptism" (USCCB)

"The Sacrament of Baptism" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"Why is Baptism Important" (Bishop Don Hying)

"Sacraments 101 - Why We Baptize"

"The Symbols of Baptism" (Ascension Press)

"Sacrament of Baptism" - CCC 1210-1245 (Fr. Daniel Mahan)

"Baptism - Who, Necessity, Grace" - CCC 1246-1284 (Fr. Daniel Mahan)


Music
"Beneath the Waters" (Hillsong)

"Here I Am to Worship"

"From the Inside Out" (Hillsong)

"In Christ Alone"
Rites, Symbols, & Practices

"Baptism - Incorporated into Christ's Body, Sent on Christ' Mission" (USCCB)

Baptism at Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults ("RCIA") at Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church

"Rite of Baptism for One Child"
Reflection
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