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The Bible, The Catholic Church and Infant Baptism

Infant Baptism

Why does the Catholic Church teach and carry out Infant baptism when this is not mentioned in the bible?  In fact, the baptisms mentioned in the bible all seemed to mention adults. First off, an understanding of what baptism is ...

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Pope Francis: Lord’s Baptism Mass and Angelus

(Vatican Radio) Remember to pray to the Holy Spirit: this was the message Pope Francis had for pilgrims and tourists who braved the drear and drizzle of a January morning in Rome, to gather in St Peter’s Square beneath the ...

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Pope baptized 33 babies, marking the baptism of Jesus

Title Francis announcement tradition on Sunday, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, baptized 33 babies during the fair in the splendor of the frescoes of Michelangelo’s famous Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. 12 male and 21 female children ...

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Is Baptism A Symbolic Act?

Is Catholic Baptism symbolic?

I have a friend who says that Baptism is a symbolic act and that it has nothing to do with salvation…how can I answer them? You can answer them by showing them what the Bible says. First, nowhere does the ...

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Korean man takes name of ‘Francis’ at baptism by Pope

Seoul, South Korea, Aug 17, 2014 / 01:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday morning Pope Francis baptized 62-year-old Lee Ho-Jin – the father of one of the victims from the Sewol Ferry tragedy earlier this year – who took on ...

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The Baptism Of Jesus

The Spirit Of The Lord

Gospel: Mt 3:13-17 Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. John tried to prevent him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?”  Jesus said to ...

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Baptism In The Bible

Baptism is God’s most beautiful and magnificent gift….We call it gift, grace, anointing, enlightenment, garment of immortality, bath of rebirth, seal, and most precious gift. It is called gift because it is conferred on those who bring nothing of their ...

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Celebrating The Baptism Of Jesus

Baptism Of JesusReflecting On Our Own Baptism

 

 

The celebration of baptism is always slightly bittersweet for me. It is bitter sweet because so often the reasons parents give for wanting to baptize their children is so disconnected from reality. The reasons given go from the ridiculous to the sublime.

I thought of this as I read the Gospel passage because this Gospel passage tells us what the sacrament of baptism is about. In this Gospel passage we are witnessing a handing over of power or of a mission to someone new. This is a truly human experience. Politicians do it, leaders of firms do it, principals of schools do it, sports administrators do it, and I dare say parents do it also.

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The Baptism Of Jesus And Our Baptism

The baptism of Jesus

The baptism of Jesus

 

Right on the heels of the feast of the Epiphany, the Holy Roman Catholic Church celebrates the baptism of Jesus, when as the Word of God from Matthew’s gospel, chapter 3: 16 – 17 testifies that after Jesus was baptised, the heavens were opened and the Spirit of God descended on him like a dove, then the voice of God thundered saying, “This is my Son, the Beloved, in whom I am well pleased.” As I pondered on the gospel reading, I could not help but think of my own baptism when I was adopted as a son of the Most High God through Jesus his beloved SON.

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The Sacrament Of Baptism – The Door Of The Church

The Sacrament of Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism

 

 

The Sacrament of Baptism is often called "The door of the Church," because it is the first of the seven sacraments not only in time (since most Catholics receive it as infants) but in priority, since the reception of the other sacraments depends on it. You cannot validly receive any other sacrament, if you are not baptized. It is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation, the other two being the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Once baptized, a person becomes a member of the Church. Traditionally, the rite (or ceremony) of baptism was held outside the doors of the main part of the church, to signify this fact.

 

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