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The Complete Catholic Handbook

The Complete Catholic Handbook

Baptism

  1. What is Baptism?
  2. Does Baptism also forgive actual sins?
  3. Who is the ordinary minister of Baptism?
  4. How is Baptism given?
  5. What do we promise in Baptism?
  6. Is Baptism necessary for salvation?

  1. What is Baptism?
    Baptism is a Sacrament which cleanses us from original sin, makes us Christians, children of God, and members of the Church.

    Baptism.
    This word means a washing. Baptism is is the most necessary of all the Sacraments, as without it we cannot be saved or receive any of the others; it is the beginning of our spiritual life. There are three kinds of Baptism
    1. Baptism of water, which is the Sacrament;
    2. Baptism of desire;
    3. Baptism of blood, or martyrdom.
    A person may be baptized when there is a doubt about a former Baptism. The words, ‘If thou art not already baptized’, are added to the usual form. This is called Conditional Baptism.

    Outward sign.
    The matter is water blessed on Holy Saturday and is applied in three ways

    1. by immersion, or being dipped in the water;
    2. effusion, of having the water poured on the person;
    3. aspersion, or being sprinkled with the water.
    Baptism by effusion is the mode chiefly in use, The form consists of the words, ‘I baptize’, etc.

    Effects.
    Cleanses the soul from original sin, and actual sin, if any: remits both the temporal and eternal punishment; gives habitual or sanctifying grace.

    Institution.
    When instituted, not quite certain; but became of obligation after the Resurrection, when our Lord said to His Apostles, ‘Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit’, (Matt. 28:19)

    Minister.
    A priest; in case of necessity, any other person.

    Christians.
    Followers of Christ. At Antioch, in Syria, the disciples were first named Christians. (Acts 11:26)

  2. Does Baptism also forgive actual sins?
    Baptism also forgives actual sins, with all punishment due to them, when it is received in proper dispositions by those who have been guilty of actual sin.

  3. Who is the ordinary minister of Baptism?
    The ordinary minister of Baptism is a priest; but anyone may baptize in case of necessity, when a priest cannot be had.

    Case of necessity.
    When the person would most likely die before a priest could attend.

  4. How is Baptism given?
    Baptism is given by pouring water on the head of the child, saying at the same time these words, ‘I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit’.

  5. What do we promise in Baptism?
    We promise in Baptism to renounce the devil and all his works and pomps.

    To renounce.
    To reject, to give up.

    Works and pomps.
    The temptations of the devil to make us commit sin.

  6. Is Baptism necessary for salvation?
    Baptism is necessary for salvation, because Christ said, ‘Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.’ (John 3:5)

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