Interesting Facts About Baptisms And The Different Rituals

Published: 13th June 2011
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When children are born to those in the Christian faith, a certain ritual takes place which is often referred to as a sacrament and is also known as a christening. Below, you'll find interesting facts about baptisms and the different rituals that are performed within the different denominations to make this tradition more special.

The history of the ritual begins with John the Baptist who was the first person to perform this ceremony and reports in the New Testament that Jesus Christ was also baptized. The individual is to be completely immersed in water or kneeling with water poured overhead, as was done by John the Baptist who used performed the rite in a deep river.

Some believe that candidates, regardless of age must be completely or partially immersed in water, where others accept any water washing, so long as it flows on the head, known as affusion. Like this, it is believed by Christians that they are purified and given a name.

A very interesting fact about baptisms is that such a ritual exists in the Jewish faith, although the exact word is not used. Instead, it is known as the Mikvh and has similarities to the Christian rite, especially where the individual is immersed in water to restore ritual purity.

The theory of original sin changed the time in which one is to be baptized. For instance, before this theory, this ritual was saved for when one is on one's deathbed but because of original sin, even infants need this purification rite in order to be salvaged.

Each faith has its own belief and methods used, such as affusion where water is poured on the head, immersion which could be total or partial dipping, or submersion where the individual is totally immersed. Submersion is practiced by Eastern and Orthodox Churches with a baptismal tub. An Evangelical Protestant rite, and others can also take place in rivers. Many traditions of different Churches believe that that a baptism is more than the symbolic burial and resurrection but consider it to be a supernatural transformation as well as the cleansing of the taint of original sin. Godparents at the ritual are part of the tradition, which dates to the year 200, whose role is to help the godchild grow to understand and embrace Christianity. In the past in the Greek Orthodox faith, the godparent was the responsible party for the child if the biological parents passed away.

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