INTRODUCTION TO CATECHESIS
Dr Sr ALETA DUBE
25 MARCH 2013
WHAT ARE THE MATERIAL AND WORDS USED AT BAPTISM?
Each Sacrament consists of two things matter which is called the element or material, and form which is commonly called the word. The form of a sacrament consists of the words by which the Sacrament is affected. The matter of the sacrament is the material used. I baptise you in the name of the father and the son and the Holy Spirit” these are the words that are used during the sacrament of baptism and they are the form. Since the apostles were using water when there baptising people the Christian community also use water for baptising people. The person is triple immersed this is the material of the sacrament. Other materials of this sacrament are chrism anointing, the white garment and the candle. In this assignment I am going to explain the material used and the words used during the sacrament of baptism. The first material of baptism I am going to look at is water; I will explain why we use water as the material of baptism and what it does and its symbolism. According to the Roman rites, this water used in baptism should be true water, for the sake of the authentic sacramental symbolism. It should be clean for the sake of health. The use of water as the matter of baptism can be traced in the New Testament of the bible. During the baptism of John he was using water as the matter. And they were baptised by him in the river Jordan they confessed their sins (Mt 3:6), and in verse 11 he goes on to say I baptise you in water for repentance, this shows us that the baptism of John required water as the matter. Jesus himself who told his disciple to baptise people was baptised by John. If we go in the book of the Acts of the Apostles we see Philip baptising the eunuch in water (Acts 8:38). With these few verse we see that water was used by the people of long ago as a sign of being away your sins and that is why we Christians of today...