The 12 parts of the Rite of Baptism

Q2.  In baptism there are 12 parts to the rite:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Reception – the baby, its family and the Godparents are welcomed by the priest. the parents are asked some questions to make sure that they understand the purpose of  Baptism and their responsibilities. The priest, parents and godparents then trace the sign of the cross on the child’s forehead.  

 Celebration of God’s word – The scriptures are read and the priest explains what they mean. The prayer of the faithful is read and then the priest calls upon the saints to pray for the child. 

Prayer of Exorcism and Anointing before Baptism – The priest prays that the child will be free from all evil and the temptation of sin.Blessing of the Baptismal water – The priest blesses the water that the child will be baptised in using these words –‘We ask you, Father, with your only son to send the Holy Spirit upon the water of this font. May all who are buried with Christ in the death of baptism rise also with him to newness of life.

 Profession of Faith- Both the godparents and parents reject all sin and renew their baptismal promises.                                                                  

Baptism – The priest begins the baptism by pouring the water over the child’s head three times, while saying: I now Baptise you in the name of the Father and of The Son and of the Holy Spirit. 

 Anointing with Chrism – The priest anoints the child on the head with the sacred oil of Chrism and says: As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet and King, so may you live always as a member of his body, sharing everlasting life.

Clothing with the white garment – The child is dressed in a white garment and the priest says: See in this white garment the outward sign of your Christian dignity. With your family and friends to help you by word and example, bring that dignity unstained into the everlasting life of heaven.

The Lighted candle – The child’s candle is lit from the easter candle.

The prayers over the ears and mouth – The Preist touches the child’s ears and mouth with his thumb. This is to symbolically open the child to God’s word.

The Lord’s Prayer – The Our Father is said together.

Blessing – To finish the ceremony the priest gives the child a blessing.


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