The Baptism and anointing.
Church’s Story 3 pages 41-42. Again the priest/deacon asks the parents and godparents if they wish to have the baby baptised in the faith of the Church which they have just committed themselves to. The parents hold the baby over the font as the priest/deacon pours the holy water over the baby’s head three times as he says
‘I baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of Holy Spirit.’
Explain that sometimes the baby is completely immersed, in a large font (see the picture in Church’s Story 3 page 41).
After that, the baby is anointed again, this time with the Oil of Chrism, a sweet smelling, holy oil used to anoint Christians at Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders (becoming a priest). It is a sign of being marked out for God’s service. This oil is blessed by the bishop of the diocese during Holy Week. This oil signifies that the baby is to be like Jesus, to be holy and ready to love and serve God and all people.
SOME KEY QUESTIONS
- Why do you think the priest asks the parents again if they want to have their baby baptised?
- What is the significance of using water? (Church’s Story 3 page 41)
- In whose name is the baby baptised? (Church’s Story 3 page 41)
- What is the significance of anointing with Oil of Chrism? (Church’s Story 3 page 42)
RE lesson 2
The giving of the white garment and the candle.
A white garment is put on the baby, symbolising that the baby is clothed in Christ and with the help of their family and friends they will be a faithful follower of Jesus all their lives and take the light of Christ to others.
A member of the family is invited to light the special Baptismal candle from the large Easter candle and the priest/deacon says:
Receive the light of Christ. Parents and godparents, this light is entrusted to you to be kept burning brightly. This child of yours has been enlightened by Christ. She/he is to walk always as a child of the light.
May she/he keep the flame of faith alive in her/his hearts.
This is a very special Christian symbol. Both candles are symbols of the light of Christ. Jesus is the light; his light is for everyone.
Everyone prays the Our Father together, the family prayer of the Church into which the child has been welcomed, and finally the priest/deacon blesses the parents of the baby.
SOME KEY QUESTIONS
- Why do you think that a white garment is used?
- What is the significance of lighting the child’s candle from the Easter candle?
- What do you think it means to walk always as a child of the light?
- Why is the Our Father used here?
- What words of blessing would you want to use for the parents?
- Write a blessing for parents.
RE lesson 3
List the ways walking in the light might change a family, a class, a town, the world.