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CHAPTER TWELVE THE SYMBOLS OF BAPTISM


OIL OF CHRISM 1 Sam 9: 26; 10: 1 Jn 13: 12-16


In the last part of the baptismal ceremony there are three signs: the oil of chrism, a new garment, and


the lighted candle. After the baptism is over, the minister anoints the child on the crown of the head with the oil of chrism. The oil of chrism is used to consecrate and make holy. Jesus was the Messiah, the anointed one. He was a priest, a prophet, and a king. When we are baptized, we become members of Jesus Christ. Through baptism we share in Jesus’ priesthood, in his role as prophet, and in his kingship.


PRIEST, PROPHET, KING


Is 49: 1-6 1 Peter 2; 4-10


We share with Jesus his priesthood because in the Eucharist we offer with him the perfect sacrifice to the Father. We offer our whole lives to the Father,


just as he did. We share in his role as prophet because through baptism we proclaim the kingdom of God to all people. We share in his kingship because we share in his victory over sin and death. Jesus is the Lord of all creation. In him we share in his power over creation, sin, sickness, and death.


NEW GARMENT Col 3: 12-15


In the early Church, when people came for baptism,


they took off their old clothes because the clothes were a sign that they were sinful and under the power of death. After they were baptized, they were given a new garment to remind them that they had become new men and women. They were free from the power of sin and death.


THE LIGHTED CANDLE On Holy Saturday night, the Easter candle is lighted Mt 5: 14-16


in the Church to remind us that after three days in the grave the Lord Jesus rose from the dead. He is the light of the world. The father of the child lights a candle from the fire of the Easter candle. He holds it for the child. It is a reminder that the Spirit


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