Friday, October 28, 2016

Youcat commented through CCC – Question n. 195 - Part II.

YOUCAT Question n. 195 - Part II. How is Baptism administered?  

(Youcat answer - repeated) The classical form of administering Baptism is the threefold immersion of the candidate in the water. Usually, however, water is poured three times over the head of the candidate, while the minister of the sacrament speaks the words, “N., I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”        

A deepening through CCC    

(CCC 1231) Where infant Baptism has become the form in which this sacrament is usually celebrated, it has become a single act encapsulating the preparatory stages of Christian initiation in a very abridged way. By its very nature infant Baptism requires a post-baptismal catechumenate. Not only is there a need for instruction after Baptism, but also for the necessary flowering of baptismal grace in personal growth. The catechism has its proper place here.          

Reflecting and meditating     

(Youcat comment) Water symbolizes cleansing and new life, which was already expressed in the baptism of repentance performed by John the Baptist. The Baptism that is administered with water “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” is more than a sign of conversion and repentance; it is new life in Christ. That is why the ceremony also includes the signs of anointing, the white garment, and the baptismal candle.   

(CCC Comment)      

(CCC 1232) The second Vatican Council restored for the Latin Church "the catechumenate for adults, comprising several distinct steps" (SC 64). The rites for these stages are to be found in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (Cf. RCIA 1972). The Council also gives permission that: "In mission countries, in addition to what is furnished by the Christian tradition, those elements of initiation rites may be admitted which are already in use among some peoples insofar as they can be adapted to the Christian ritual" (SC 65; cf. SC 37-40).             

(This question: How is Baptism administered? is continued)  

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