Monday, January 14, 2013

From the Traditional Catholic Baptismal Rite

Priest.  Dost thou renounce Satan?
Candidate/ Sponsor.  I do renounce him.
V.  And all his works?
R.  I do renounce them.
V.  And all his pomps?
R.  I do renounce them.
V.  Dost thou believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth?
R.  I do believe.
V.  Dost thou believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?
R.  I do believe.
V.  Dost thou believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the remission of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?
R.  I do believe.
V.  Wilt thou be baptized?
R.  I will.
V.  I baptize you in the name of the Father + and of the Son + and of the Holy + Spirit.
V.  May the Almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath regenerated thee by water and the Holy Spirit, and who hath given thee the remission of all thy sins, may He Himself + anoint thee with the Chrism of Salvation, in the same Christ Jesus our Lord, unto life eternal. 
R.  Amen. 
V.  Peace be with you. 
R.  And with thy spirit.

The priest takes a white linen cloth -- symbolizing the purity of a soul cleansed from all sin, and a relic of the days when the newly baptized wore white albs for 8 days -- and places it on the head of the candidate.

V.  Receive this white garment, which mayest thou carry without stain before the judgment seat of our Lord Jesus Christ, that thou mayest have life everlasting.

The priest gives the candidate or the sponsor a lighted candle.

V.  Receive this burning light, and keep thy Baptism so as to be without blame: keep the commandments of God, that when the Lord shall come to the nuptials, thou mayest meet Him together with all the Saints in the heavenly court, and mayest have eternal life and live for ever and ever.
V.  N., go in peace and the Lord be with you.  Amen.
R.  Amen.