Baptism and Christian Initiation

By Baptism, we become members of the Church, the Body of Christ

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سر المعمودية   - المعمودية المقدسة هي ركيزة الحياة المسيحية كلها ورتاج الحياة في الروح، والباب الذي يوصل إلى الاسرار الاخرى. فبالمعمودية نعتق من الخطيئة ونولد ثانية ميلاد ابناء الله، ونصير اعضاء للمسيح، ونندمج في الكنيسة ونصبح شركاء في رسالتها. "المعمودية هي سر الولادة الجديدة بالماء وفي الكلمة 

The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus.  Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist.  The waters did not purify him; he cleansed the waters.  . . .  Jesus did not need to be baptized because he was totally faithful to the will of his Father and free from sin.  However, he wanted to show his solidarity with human beings in order to reconcile them to the Father. By commanding his disciples to baptize all nations, he established the means by which people would die to sin – Original and actual – and begin to live a new life with God.

In Baptism, the Holy Spirit moves us to answer Christ's call to holiness. In Baptism, we are asked to walk by the light of Christ and to trust in his wisdom. We are invited to submit our hearts to Christ with ever deeper love. ~from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults 




Adult Baptism

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. It outlines the steps for the formation of catechumens, bringing their conversion to the faith to greater maturity. It helps them respond more deeply to God's gracious initiative in their lives and prepares them for union with the Church community. This process is meant to form them into the fullness of the Christian life and to become disciples of Jesus, their teacher.