Baptism is an element, which all Christian denominations have in common. Catholic Church regards baptism as one of the most important rituals in the church’s traditions. One is welcomes into the Catholic faith. It is regarded as a symbolism of freeing someone from the original sin they were born with. Faithful in this church believe that origin sin is not a personal sin but a sin, which is transmitted from one generation to another by birth. This believes further holds that all women and men are born with original sin. It is only Baptism, which can get rid of the original sin.
In the Catholic Church, baptism normally takes place on Sundays. This ceremony can either be part of the parish mass or early afternoon immediately after all the masses. In most cases, it is the parish deacon or priest that administers the sacrament. The baptized person is anointed with oil. Blessed water is also poured on them. The oil is poured on the head not once but three times.
In this church, any baptism, which uses the invocation of the Holy Trinity and water, is a valid sacrament. What this means is that if a member of any other Christian Church performs baptism using these standards, then he or she does not have to be baptized again. He or she is already baptized.
Baptized individuals are expected to dress in all white. This is a symbol of purity and signifies the cleansing power that the act of Baptism brings with it. The white garments normally symbolize the white garments that Jesus wore after being placed in the tomb after his painful death at the cross on Calvary. If it is an infant undergoing baptism, then he or she wears a gown that is handed down through the generations. On the other hand, if it is an adult, he or she puts a full length white gown, which is normally known as an ‘Alb.’
It is important to note that this ritual is usually a participatory one. What this means is that the attendees are expected to participate fully throughout the ceremony. They do so by rejecting Satan and also professing their faith. They are normally assisted by their biological or godparents and immediate family members as well.
Just like with the other Sacraments (Confirmation and Holy Orders), individuals are only baptized once. The sacrament confers an indelible mark on one’s soul. Individuals can never be re-baptized or un-baptized.