Catholic Baptism Traditions
Catholic Baptism Traditions
You are blessed with a new baby and now it is time to plan the Baptism, welcoming your child into the Catholic faith. During the sacrament of Baptism, your child will become a disciple of Christ and receive the grace of the Holy Spirit. As the parents, you will promise to raise your child in the Catholic Church, to grow in the faith of God, and rejoice in the community of faithful.
The Catholic Baptism tradition dictates that an infant should be baptized within the first couple of months after birth. The reason for this Catholic tradition is to remove Original Sin, which every human being is born with because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve. Members of the Catholic religion believe that if an infant dies before Baptism, he or she cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven. This is the reason the Sacrament of Baptism is so important to a Catholic baby.
For a child seven years of age or older, known as catechetical age, the Baptismal ritual differs from a child Baptized in infancy. A child of this age celebrates Baptism through the Christian Initiation of Children. The children are taught the basics of Catholic education, helping them understand the concept of the Eucharist, the sacraments of Baptism, Holy Communion, and Confirmation. Depending on the age of the child, all three sacraments are sometimes received at the same time during the Easter Vigil Mass.
Most parishes require Catholic parents to attend a Baptism preparation class. Although some parents find the class a burden, it is very informative for preparing for Baptism. The parents meet the other parents of babies who will be baptized on the same day, making the ritual more of a personal, parish community celebration.
One of the most important duties of the parent before the Baptism is to choose the Godparents for the infant. The Godparents are required to be at least sixteen years old, have received the sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation, be practicing Catholics, must not be the child’s parents, and must be willing to accept the responsibility of raising the baptized child in the Catholic faith if the parents are unable to do so.
The Catholic Baptism Ceremony for Infants:
The Baptism ceremony has many symbols dealing with faith, life, the family, and God:
Now that the Baptism ceremony is complete, it is time to celebrate with the relatives, and friends who welcomed your new baby into the Catholic life. Most of the guests will give the baptized baby a baptismal gift and as parents of the new member of the Catholic community, it is traditional to give baptismal gifts to the godparents.
Catholic Baptism Gift Ideas:
These are just a few of the many gifts for celebrating Catholic Baptisms. The most important thing to give the baby is your prayers and a commitment to help the newly baptized infant realize the importance of a life with Christ.
Catholic Baptism gift ideas