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The Baptismal Service
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The Baptism celebration begins with the welcome of the child into the church. The Sign of the Cross is traced on the child's forehead to show that he/she belongs to Christ.

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We listen to the Word of God
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We pray for the child and his/her family.
4.
The child is anointed with the Oil of Cathechumens to give strength.
5.
The water of Baptism is blessed. Water is for cleansing. Water is also necessary for life.
6.
We renew our Baptismal promises.
7.
The child is blessed.
8.
The child is anointed with the Oil of Chrism to give strength to live as a friend of Jesus, and bring others to Jesus.
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The White Garment is a sign of Christian dignity.
10.
The Candle symbolises Christ as the light of the world.
11.
The child's mouth and ears are blessed.
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We conclude our celebration of Baptism by looking forward to the next Sacrament the child will celebrate - First Communion and Confirmation.
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We pray the Our Father - the prayer that unites all Christians.
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The Final Blessing of the newly Baptised child, the child's parents and the whole community who have gathered to celebrate the Baptism, is given.
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The Dismissal - we are all sent out to bring God's peace to our world.