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The Catechumenate is a 9-month communal journey towards adult initiation. Participants' renewal process invites the whole congregation to grow in faith.
This new book asks key questions about how the church views Baptism, and how churches can prepare parents and deepen faith.
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All of this helps us see Baptism as an important beginning, both for Jesus, and for us.
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Baptism marks a special beginning in the life of a Christian. Here are resources to use with candidates, families, godparents, and children.
As soon as the abundant clear water was slowly poured from a large glass pitcher into the font, and the priest with both hands touching the water blessed it, and breathed the breathe of New Life into it; Oliver began to lean toward the font and carefully followed the invitation to put his head closer to the water.
We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water. Over it the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation. Through it you led the children of Israel out of their bondage in Egypt into the land of promise. In it your Son Jesus received the baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead us, through his death and resurrection, from the bondage of sin into everlasting life.
It didn’t take long for Jacob to discover the water in the font. I merely whispered to him, “This is the baptismal font,” and allowed him to touch the water. It was no surprise that he would want to submerge his hand into the water, but I was not prepared for what would come next.
Communion is unique in that it is not just a story that we tell or a service that we attend, but a fully sensory experience that we have together as a community. Clearly these are the kinds of experiences that can be especially meaningful to children.
Baptism has its roots in ancient practices that preceded Christianity. Jewish rituals of purification were centered on the cleansing of the body with water. Many Jewish customs found their way into the initiation rites of the Early Church.
Through water, grapes and grain, we are formed as Christians. An exploration of these two Sacraments is a grace-filled opportunity to help parents who may not be well versed in the Bible experience God’s grace and power with their children as they play in the water and knead the bread.