The Sacrament of Baptism
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Baptism is the Sacrament which cleanses us from Original Sin, makes us children of God, followers of Christ and members of his Church. At our Baptism God shares with us his Life and his Love which Mankind was deprived of by Original Sin.

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How is Baptism administered?
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Baptism is administered by pouring water on the head of the candidate and saying at the same time:
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‘I baptise you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.’ Priests or deacons administer Baptism, though in a case of necessity anyone may baptise.
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What do we promise in Baptism?

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We promise in Baptism to reject the devil and to avoid all that is evil, to believe in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and to live our lives according to the teachings of Jesus Christ.
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"Take this, all of you, and eat it: this is my Body which will be given up for you."

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And then, He gave the cup to His disciples, and said:

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"Take this, all of you, and drink from it: this is the cup of my Blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven. Do this in memory of me."

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How do infants make these promises?

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When infants are baptised they are unable to answer for themselves, so their parents and ‘godparents’ make the promises on their behalf.
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Is Baptism necessary for salvation?

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Baptism is necessary for salvation, because Jesus Christ said: ‘ Unless you are born again of water and the Holy Spirit, you cannot enter the kingdom of God.’ However, those who genuinely desire Baptism or who suffer death for their Christian faith, but die before they can receive the Sacrament, are said to have received ‘Baptism of desire’ or ‘Baptism of blood’. As for those who are not baptised before they die, we commend them in our prayers to the infinite mercy of God..

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