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Baptism in the Anglican Church

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Baptism in the Anglican Church

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Baptism is considered to be one of the two sacraments of the Anglican church. Anglican Baptism has drastically developed through the course of time. Anglican baptism has been developed from Christianity’s belief of baptism. Baptism is considered a highly important sacrament as it is the first step in order for a person to become a Christian and a member of the worldwide church.

One devotional practice that the Anglican church practices is Baptism. Baptism marks the start of a journey of faith as the recipient becomes a member of the local and worldwide Christian family. Baptism is considered a sacrament in the Anglican Church and is traced back to Jesus being baptised in the river Jordan. The Anglican church has two authorised baptism services, the first comes from the Book of Common Prayer first composed by Thomas Cranmer in 1549 and is in 17th century English, the second is from Common Worship and is set in modern day english, most baptisms now use the second baptism service.

There are many symbols that are associated with anglican baptism the major symbols include the candle, the candle is given to the child or a Godparent during the service, it symbolises coming into the Light of Christ and being called to shine as a light in the world to the glory of God. Another major symbol that is associated with anglican baptism is the water, ordinary water is blessed by the priest during the baptism ceremony to ask God to use it for this special purpose. The prayers of blessing of the water highlights the symbol of water in the story of the people of God. The Christian robe is another major symbol, A Christening Robe is an outward symbol of a new start in the individuals life. A particular rite and ritual that the anglican church practices is the pouring of the water, water is applied to an infant either through pouring of water on the forehead or immersion, particular words from scriptures are then recited as well as an explanation of the meaning of baptism. The...