Baptism is the first sacrament that can be celebrated. Usually a person is baptised as a baby but adults are able to be baptised as well. During this special celebration, the person being baptised is welcomed into the church family.
Water and special oils are placed on the baby’s head. The Oil of Catechumens is used to represent strength. The child, strengthened by the gift of God’s Spirit, will be guided and guarded by God on every step of life’s journey. The Oil of Chrism, placed on the crown of the head, calls us to be the “good fragrance of Christ.” 2 Cor 2:15. A candle is lit to show the ‘light of Christ’ in the child’s life. The baby’s parents chose Godparents who promise to look after the child forever. Special promises are made on behalf of the baby. The baptism ceremony takes place in church and is usually followed by a party or other celebration.
The Bible Says
"When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and we do?
Peter replied, 'Repent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."