Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism

The Liturgy of Baptism

Excerpted from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

The eight major elements in the baptismal ceremony teach us the meaning of this Sacrament of Initiation and help us appreciate our life in Christ. Signs and symbols have their own capacity to communicate their meaning. Of course, the Sacrament is more than an instructive symbol: it accomplishes what it signifies.

The Effects of Baptism

Excerpted from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

Sins Forgiven

By Baptism all sins are forgiven, Original Sin and all personal sins, and temporal punishment due to sin is removed. After one has been reborn in Christ, there is nothing to prevent one’s entry into God’s Kingdom.

The Baptism of Adults

Excerpted from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

For adults today, the Church, after the Second Vatican Council, has restored the order of the Catechumenate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

The Baptism of Infants

Excerpted from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

Infant Baptism has been practiced since apostolic times. Infants need to be baptized because through this Sacrament, they are freed from Original Sin and are welcomed into the community of the Church, where they have access to the fullness of the means of salvation.

Baptism: Becoming a Christian

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