Augustine, Epistle 167,7,21 (A.D. 415). as a gift from God, the source of life, who now wishes to bestow his own life Leader: Keep his (her) family always in your love. “Question XIX. Luke 23:43 – the good thief, although not baptized, shows that there is also a baptism by desire, as Jesus says to him that he will be in paradise. give him (her) the new life of baptism and welcome him (her) into your holy Church. There is a lot of preparation that will go into the ceremony, but now that you have the elements you can work it through. Why should one baptise? '” Cyprian, To Stephen, 71:72 (A.D. 253). Reception of the Child. Job 14:1,4 – man that is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. Whether you would offer your child or not lay within your choice, but now that you have offered her, you neglect her at your peril.” Jerome, To Laeta, Epistle 107:6 (A.D. 403). You created man in your own likeness: cleanse He (she) is to walk John 3:3,5 – Jesus says, “Truly, truly, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” When Jesus said “water and the Spirit,” He was referring to baptism (which requires the use of water, and the work of the Spirit). For God, wishing both angels and men, who were endowed with freewill, and at their own disposal, to do whatever He had strengthened each to do, made them so, that if they chose the things acceptable to Himself, He would keep them free from death and from punishment; but that if they did evil, He would punish each as He sees fit.” Justin Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho, 88:4 (A.D. 155). “[T]he birth by water and the Spirit, Himself led the way in this birth, drawing down upon the water, by His own baptism, the Holy Spirit; so that in all things He became the first-born of those who are spiritually born again, and gave the name of brethren to those who partook in a birth like to His own by water and the Spirit.” Gregory of Nyssa, Against Eunomius, 2:8 (A.D. 382). Once baptized, a person becomes a member of the Church. A Greek baptism in the Christian Orthodox Church is a major event in the life of any family.The Greek Culture is filled with a variety of traditions. RECEPTION OF THE CHILD 2 Thess. A. We Celebrant: And all his works? he hung upon the cross. In the second place, because, when yon are regenerated and born again of water and of God, the frailty of your former birth, which you have through men, is cut off, and so at length you shall be able to attain salvation; hut otherwise it is impossible. the blessing and invocation of God over the water are nevertheless included, so that this theme Currently you have JavaScript disabled. All: Amen. Celebrant: What do you ask of God's Church for N.? Jesus’ baptism was instead a royal anointing of the Son of David (Jesus) conferred by a Levite (John the Baptist) to reveal Christ to Israel, as it was foreshadowed in 1 Kings 1:39 when the Son of David (Solomon) was anointed by the Levitical priest Zadok. By baptism, we become justified by His grace (interior change) and heirs of eternal life (filial adoption). Now He would not have come to do away, by means of that same [image], the disobedience which had been incurred towards our Maker if He proclaimed another Father. Isaiah 44:3 – the Lord “pours” water on the thirsty land and “pours” His Spirit upon our descendants. Then they go to the baptistry, or to the sanctuary when baptism is celebrated there on occasion. The celebrant touches the water with his right hand and continues: This is an exciting day for , so thank you for all being here to celebrate this with them. A different color is not permitted unless demanded by The forms of this blessing and 20:22-23; Mark 10:38-39; Luke 12:50 – Jesus also talks about His baptism (from “baptizo”) of blood, which was shed and sprinkled in His passion. Hence, the good thief was destined for heaven because of his desire to be with Jesus. “That Lord, I say, who in His simple and immaterial Deity, entered our nature, and of the virgin’s womb became ineffably incarnate; that Lord, who was partaker of nothing else save the lump of Adam, who was by the serpent tripped up.” Methodius, Oration concerning Simeon and Anna, 13 (ante A.D. 300). But this topic must be reserved for later treatment.” Ambrose, On the Death of his brother Satyrus, II:6 (A.D. 380). It is certainly appropriate to include personal testimonies and other statements of faith (such as the Contemporary Testimony) in the baptism ceremony, especially when adults are being baptized. Let’s start things off by opening in prayer. For thus hath the true prophet testified to its with an oath: ‘Verily I say to you, That unless a man is born again of water, he shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. The godparents make the responses for an infant being baptized. a suitable song follows, such as one chosen from nos. B. C. Other forms may be chosen from nos. '” Ambrose, On the Mysteries, 4:20 (A.D. 391). appropriate for the people to sing a short acclamation. unseen power. 12:3 – these texts show the circumcision of eight-day old babies as the way of entering into the Old Covenant – Col 2:11-12 – however, baptism is the new “circumcision” for all people of the New Covenant. Through the merits of Jesus Christ, we have the sacrament of baptism to wash away the sin that came through Adam. Parents and Godparents: I do. Paul refers to this verse in Heb. He reminded His questioner of what Moses did when he lifted up the serpent. “And in what way are we saved? Luke 1:59 – this proves that “teknon” includes infants. Parents and Godparents: I do. “Adam sinned and earned all sorrows;–likewise the world after His example, all guilt.–And instead of considering how it should be restored,–considered how its fall should be pleasant for it.–Glory to Him Who came and restored it!” Ephraem, Hymns on the Epiphany, 10:1 (A.D. 350). You have asked to have your child baptized. 2 Kings 5:14 – Naaman dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, and his flesh was restored like that of a child. For whether you be righteous or unrighteous, baptism is necessary for you in every respect: for the righteous, that perfection may be accomplished in him, and he may be born again to God; for the unrighteous, that pardon may he vouchsafed him of the sins which he has committed in ignorance. and of the Holy All rig… This is a matter of tremendous spiritual importance, and the parents should use a number of spiritual criteria to make their choice. But many Protestant churches argue that “baptizo” and related tenses of the Greek word always mean immersion, and therefore the Catholic baptisms of pouring or sprinkling water over the head are invalid. This is why the Catholic Church has baptized babies for 2,000 years. • Mark 10: 13-16: Let the little children come to me. Are we to baptize them too? Below you will find what is the same in all of Greece about a baby's Baptism. Holy Mary, Mother of God. “Baptism, then, is a purification from sins, a remission of trespasses, a cause of renovation and regeneration…Let us however, if it seems well, persevere in enquiring more fully and more minutely concerning Baptism, starting, as from the fountain-head, from the Scriptural declaration, ‘Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.’ Why are both named, and why is not the Spirit alone accounted sufficient for the completion of Baptism? The truth is that, as baptism ensures the salvation of the child, this in turn brings advantage to the parents. “And that the writer was speaking of baptism is evident from the very words in which it is stated that it is impossible to renew unto repentance those who were fallen, inasmuch as we are renewed by means of the laver of baptism, whereby we are born again, as Paul says himself: ‘For we are buried with Him through baptism into death, that, like as Christ rose from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we, too, should walk in newness of life. In Christ, the new Adam, all now may live. 28:19-20 – Jesus commands the apostles to baptize all people “in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” Many Protestant churches are now teaching that baptism is only a symbolic ritual, and not what actually cleanses us from original sin. 10:22), and not the external life (removing dirt from the body). Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. The baptism ceremony is public and is usually held during the Easter Vigil service on the day before Easter. This is why babies need baptism – to wash away the original sin inherited from Adam and Eve. our Savior by the sign of his cross. Traditionally, the rite (or ceremony) of baptism was held outside the doors of the main part of the church, to signify this fact. The Lord is “pouring,” not “immersing.”. For the Apostles, to whom were committed the secrets of divine mysteries, knew that there is in everyone the innate stains of sins, which must be washed away through water and the Spirit.” Origen, Commentary on Romans, 5:9 (A.D. 244). He may use these or similar words: 10:22 – sprinkled clean, washed with pure water / 1 Peter 3:20-21 – saved through water, baptism. (3) Heb. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Your email address will not be published. For babies who come to baptism, the Church has always required the parents to profess the belief in Christ on behalf of the baby. 1:16; and 1 Tim. “And further, above this, we have in common reason, the Law, the Prophets, the very Sufferings of Christ, by which we were all without exception created anew, who partake of the same Adam, and were led astray by the serpent and slain by sin, and are saved by the heavenly Adam and brought back by the tree of shame to the tree of life from whence we had fallen.” Gregory of Nazianzen, Against the Arians, 33:9 (A.D. 380). Through the waters of the Red Sea you led ?Israel out of slavery, to be an image of God's holy “Those far off” refers to those who were at their “homes” (primarily infants and children). One or even two of the following gospel passages are read, during which all may sit if convenient. Parents: N. The first involves the entrance into the church and an exorcism so that nothing unworthy enters with the sacred party. Mark 9:22-25 – Jesus exercises the child’s unclean spirit based on the father’s faith. Baptism is required for all human beings because of our sinful human nature. Parents and Godparents: I do. Pouring is also called “infusion” (of grace). After the child is baptized, it is Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor. The celebrant takes the Easter candle and says: Receive the light of Christ. Matt. And, by the authority vested in me by God and his Church, I hereby baptize you in the name of the Father (cross), and of the Son (cross), and of the Holy Spirit (cross), Amen. This is the faith in which this child is about to be baptized. 3:12; Gen. 31:41; 36:6; 41:51; Joshua 24:15; 2 Sam. and the Holy Spirit. Therefore make haste; for there is in these waters a certain power of mercy which was borne upon them at the beginning, and acknowledges those who are baptized under the name of the threefold sacrament, and rescues them from future punishments, presenting as a gift to God the souls that are consecrated by baptism. “I, therefore, brethren, who have lived sixty-five years in the Lord.” Polycrates, Fragment in Eusebius’ Church History, V:24:7 (A.D. 190). All: Amen. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. “And with reason; for as we are all from earth and die in Adam, so being regenerated from above of water and Spirit, in the Christ we are all quickened.” Athanasius, Discourse Against the Arians, III:33 (A.D. 360). “For whatever unbaptized persons die confessing Christ, this confession is of the same efficacy for the remission of sins as if they were washed in the sacred font of baptism. waters, making them the wellspring of all holiness. He ! Baptism regenerates us because it removes original sin, sanctifies our souls, and effects our adoption as sons and daughters in Jesus Christ. conferences of bishops, especially in places where it is necessary for the parents and godparents 5:16 – the judgment following one single trespass brought condemnation for all. If anyone says that by the offense of Adam’s trangression not the whole man, that is, according to body and soul, was changed for the worse, but believes that while the liberty of the soul endures without harm, the body only is exposed to corruption, he is deceived by the error of Pelagius and resists the Scriptures…Can. As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, of baptism judges the omission to be pastorally necessary or desirable.] Acts 10:47 – Peter says “can anyone forbid water for baptizing these people..?” The Bible always links water and baptism. All: Amen. For since the first man Adam altered, and through sin death came into the world, therefore it became the second Adam to be unalterable; that, should the Serpent again assault, even the Serpent’s deceit might be baffled, and, the Lord being unalterable and unchangeable, the Serpent might become powerless in his assault against all. For He who said, ‘Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God,’ made also an exception in their favor, in that other sentence where He no less absolutely said, “Whosoever shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. All: Amen. Anyone who was “baptized” in a ceremony not considered valid by the Catholic Church, would be Baptized for the first time with Catholic Baptism. Isaiah 44:3 – the Lord pours out His water and His Spirit. entrance of the church or to that part of the church where the parents and Acts 22:16 – further, Ananias’ phrase “wash away” comes from the Greek word “apolouo.” “Apolouo” means an actual cleansing which removes sin. It is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation, the other two being the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Christ our Savior; may he strengthen you with his power, who lives and reigns for ever 9:2; Mark 2:3-5 – the faith of those who brought in the paralytic cured the paralytic’s sins. The two primary rites of the Baptist tradition are baptism and communion, or the Lord's Supper. Matt. “If, in the case of the worst sinners and of those who formerly sinned much against God, when afterwards they believe, the remission of their sins is granted and no one is held back from Baptism and grace, how much more, then, should an infant not be held back, who, having but recently been born, has done no sin, except that, born of the flesh according to Adam. 1 John 5:6 – Jesus came by water and blood. The people may sing a psalm or hymn suitable for the occasion. But the verb to describe Phillip and the eunuch going down into the water is the same verb (“katabaino”) used in Acts 8:26 to describe the angel’s instruction to Phillip to stop his chariot and go down to Gaza. If anyone asserts that Adam’s trangression injured him alone and not his descendents, or declares that certainly death of the body only, which is the punishment of sin, but not sin also, which is death of the soul, passed through one man into the whole human race, he will do an injustice to God, contradicting the Apostle.” Council of Orange, Canons 1-2 (A.D. 530). “[T]herefore children are also baptized.” Origen, Homily on Luke, XIV (A.D. 233). “Everyone in the world falls prostrate under sin. It can mean pouring water over something (in this case, over their hands). Celebrant: Do you reject the glamor of evil, and refuse to be mastered by sin? “The baptism then into Christ means that believers are baptized into Him…And He laid on us the command to be born again of water and of the Spirit, through prayer and invocation, the Holy Spirit drawing nigh unto the water. Next the celebrant asks for the threefold profession of faith from the parents and godparents: Parents: We do. 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