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CHAPTER ELEVEN WE ARE CALLED TO THE WATER OF LIFE


BAPTISMAL PROMISES


After the blessing of the baptismal water, the


parents, godparents, and all the members of the community are asked to renew the baptismal promises they made many years ago. These promises are made on behalf of the child. They are divided into two sets of three questions. The first set of questions asks us to make a break with our old lives. The second set asks us to publicly testify to our faith.


BREAK WITH SINFUL PAST


1 Cor 5: 6-8


Baptism demands a change in our way of life. When we come to baptism, we have to put off the


old life of sin and put on the new life of Jesus. In this part of the ceremony we are asked to make a complete break with our lives of sin and with Satan. Each person publicly says that he/she wants to change. He/she wants to break away from sin.


PROFESSION OF FAITH


In the second set of questions the parents,


godparents, and people publicly profess their faith. The questions come from the Apostles’ Creed. By saying “yes” to the questions, the community testifies that they want to live their lives for Jesus. It is a public statement of what they believe. The priest or deacon declares that this is the faith of the Church and the members of the community are proud to believe it. Then everyone present says “amen” to this statement.


GOD USED WATER TO The Old Testament tells of several times when God SAVE HIS PEOPLE


used water to save his people. He made a passageway through the Red Sea so that his people could get away from the Egyptians (Ex 14: 21-31). As the people wandered through the desert, he gave them water from a rock (Ex 17: 1-7). Later in Israel’s history, the prophets described the blessings


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