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Re: Can I ask a question about baptism? SandraDee

Posted by gloryb on August 28, 2002, at 10:47:53

In reply to Can I ask a question about baptism?, posted by SandraDee on July 25, 2002, at 11:27:37

This is interesting for me to answer :)!

I was first taken by my mother to the Lutheran
church where I assume I was baptized by pouring.
(Churches which baptize babies usually use
pouring, not sprinkling). I converted to
Catholicism in my twenties and the priest
at the time said he didn't know if my
baptism was valid so he did it again.

Then I spent some years in a Baptist church
and to join, guess what! I had to do it again!
This time it was immersion. Now I decided to
worship with my husband and I'm back in the Catholic
Church, and I'm grateful I didn't need a
fourth baptism :)!

Turns out I never needed the second one as the
Catholic Church now says that any baptism in
water in the "name of the Father, Son, and Holy
Spirit" is a valid baptism. But I know that
Baptists do not consider anything but immersion
to be valid. It is interesting to note that the
Catholic Church prefers immersion but doesn't often
do it because of the problem of building baptistries
for the few adults baptized.

I did like the immersion baptism and the "amen"
from the congregation. I also liked last year
at the Catholic Church when I went to the Easter
Vigil with the choir and watched the group
baptizing of new people. It was by pouring
over adults, and there was singing of hallelujah
and they were clothed with white robes afterward.
I liked both of these forms of baptism as the
people were choosing it. I'm not against infant
baptism, but it just is nice to see people
make a choice.

One thing's for sure---I'm baptized :)!!!!


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