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BY NICHOLAS LAZAR

RELIGION 8R1


initiation DEFINITION OF INITIATION: A FORMAL ACCEPTANCE INTO AN ORGANISATION, TEAM OR CLUB. The three Sacraments of Initiation are: • Baptism • Confirmation • Holy Communion These three sacraments are a very important belief to Christians, as to become a Christian; you must first proceed through all three of these initiations. Starting the Sacraments of Initiation actually marks the very beginning of your religious life.

BY NICHOLAS LAZAR

RELIGION 8R1


baptism Baptism is a religious sacrament which has the use of symbolic holy water and is just the start of your initiation into becoming a Christian. Baptism was started and originally based on John ‘the Baptist’; who was baptising people in the River Jordan preparing them for the ‘Coming of Jesus, our saviour’. It is a gateway to the Holy Spirit and is the beginning in which allows you to proceed onwards to the other sacraments. Although you may be baptised as an adult, the majority of people actually being baptised are infants. He/she is immersed or has holy water sprinkled on them as a sign of forgiveness of their sins. BY NICHOLAS LAZAR

RELIGION 8R1


baptism There are 5 symbols of baptism; they are: BY NICHOLAS LAZAR

RELIGION 8R1


• Cross – The cross will symbolise the evil that is present in our lives. • White garment – Acts as a symbol of cleanliness and purity. Also states that the original sin has been ridden and is no longer upon you. • Oil – The seal or promise of the Holy Spirit • Water – This reminds us of who gives us life – God. The water also ‘washes’ away our sins. • Candle – The final baptismal symbol; creates faith, and light, along with water is an essential element for life. Matthew 3:13-14 •

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Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

The relevance of this quote in the bible is about Jesus coming down to the River Jordan to be baptised by John, but instead, John asks Jesus to baptise him first. It relates to baptism as John was the first person to be baptising people.

BY NICHOLAS LAZAR

RELIGION 8R1


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