Category Archives: Rite of Baptism

RBC 27-28: Adaptations by the Minister

Subheading VI details adaptations by the minister. These entail a careful look at two things: the preparation meetings (note the rite presumes more than one–a rarity, I’d say) and how to handle infant or young child baptism amidst the complexities … Continue reading

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RBC 23-26: Episcopal Adaptations

Subheading V covers “Adaptations by Conferences of Bishops or by Bishops” 23. In addition to the adaptations provided for in the General Introduction (nos. 30-33), the baptismal rite for infants admits other variations, to be determined by the conferences of … Continue reading

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RBC 20-22: Shorter Rite

When a catechist or other episcopal appointee baptizes, much of the ritual remains in place up to the washing: 20. In the shorter rite of baptism designed for the use of catechists, [See SC 68.] the reception of the children, … Continue reading

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RBC 18-19: Rites of Baptism, Conclusion

Getting to the Baptism ritual itself: 18. In the celebration of the sacrament: The immediate preparation consists of: the solemn prayer of the celebrant, which, by invoking God and recalling his plan of salvation, blesses the water of baptism or … Continue reading

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RBC 15-17: The Full Rite, Reception, and Word

With the following sections, the RBC Introduction looks at the rite itself. Ordinarily, the whole rite is celebrated; no shortcuts: 15. Baptism, whether for one child, or for several, or even for a larger number, should be celebrated by the … Continue reading

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RBC 10-14: Where To Baptize

First, you need a baptismal font. No preference on a birdbath or a hot tub though: 10. So that baptism may clearly appear as the sacrament of the Church’s faith and of incorporation into the people of God, it should … Continue reading

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RBC 8-9: When To Baptize

The question often comes up. here’s what the rite says: 8. As for the time of baptism, the first consideration is the welfare of the child, that it may not be deprived of the benefit of the sacrament; then the … Continue reading

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