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Developing as a Child of the Light In the Baptismal Ceremony, after the child has been baptised and anointed, a lighted candle, representing Christ, is given to a parent (or godparent).

In accepting this light, the parents commit themselves to hand on their faith - and so keep alive in their child the Light of Christ. Here is what the Baptismal Rite says:

Parents and Godparents, this light is entrusted to you to be kept burning brightly. Your child is to walk always as a child of the light. Rite of Infant Baptism

You have chosen to have your child baptised and be brought up as a Christian. During the baptism you commit yourself to develop your child’s faith so that he/she may always be filled with the light that is Christ. What little practices could you introduce now to start developing your child’s faith? What about the Sign of the Cross? Do you make a cross on the baby’s forehead at night? Would this be a first step towards night prayers? Is there anything else you could do in these early years? Now we are going to take a little time to think about the Belief that we have - and will hand on to our children.


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