Often held as a rite of passage and entrance into the Christian church, baptism is much more than just symbolic ritual. Baptism was commanded by Jesus Christ in the Great Commission recounted in the book of Matthew. Even though we are simplistically called to be obedient by being baptized the Christian church has long debated the aspects of this ordinance. Denominations are divided on the basic meaning, types and modes of baptism even two thousand years after the founding of the Christian church. Just as the other ordinance, the Lord’s Supper, congregations find themselves at odd with tradition, biblical interpretation and even individual understanding. However, the simple message of this awe inspiring act can be explained out of the
A Rite of Passage can be very different depending on what culture you look at, but overall it is a ritual where a person's status in the community is changed. These changes usually have to do with becoming a man or woman and leaving your adolescence behind, but it can also have to do with other kinds of transitions in ones life. Rites of Passage are essential to obtaining roles in your society and progressing with your life. They also make the society stronger as a whole and can help to give people feeling of meaning in life. I feel like my Rite of Passage was around when I turned 18. This was the moment I truly took control of my life, decided to get a job, get a car and go to school. Before this moment in my life, I just went to high school
Jesus Christ is a figure of religion and mythology. Miraculous deeds, divine attributes, and arcane sayings are attributed to him, and his billions of followers across the world hold countless views about who he was, what he said, what he meant, and how exactly he was related to God.
Rituals and ceremonies are the practical aspects of Christianity, which involve customary acts of special, deliberate and repeatable patterns of behaviour through the use of words, actions and symbols (Coleman, 2006). Rituals and ceremonies solidify the relationship between Christians and God as they present a practical, symbolic and comprehensible expression of their underlying beliefs (Morrissey, 2010). Baptism is the ritual of initiation into Christianity, which in essence, is initiation into a life of positive living modelled on Christ. Baptism is held within a congregation of the body of Christ where they vow to spiritually nurture the child or adult being baptised (RCA, 2012). The symbology of the water in baptism encompasses the cleansing of an individual, and it is a practical element of the ritual, which underpins a broader idea of initiating a living adherent into the religion. Another ritual present in all Christian denominations is prayer, which the baptised
This is the equivalent of confirmation in the Catholic church, however, this occurs immediately after the baptism. In Catholicism, confirmation occurs sometime during early adolescence. Although there is a difference in age and degree of understanding, the method is the same for both branches (Fisher 338). The priest anoints the child with Holy Oil on numerous parts of the body and says “The seal of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.” This practice conveys the idea that the members of the church are blessed by the Holy Spirit, and is a reminder that the body is a part of the progress in salvation (Fitzgerald).
A recent rite of passage I went through was graduating from nursing school and becoming a RN. To complete this rite of passage I had to complete all the pre-requisites for nursing school which took me 4 years. Then I did the nursing program which was 2 years. To celebrate finishing the nursing program I attended a pinning ceremony which is a ritual where the nursing graduates get a pin that represents the completion of the education required to sit for the nursing boards. This pinning ceremony was more important than walking at graduation. The majority of my classes did not attend the graduation ceremony but all attended the pinning. Once I took the nursing license test I got a card that says registered nurse. I was finally able to call myself
When I was 12 years old in the summer of 2017 I got baptized. I chose to get baptized because I wanted to fully accept christ into my heart. Carrie Koso baptized me because I fully trusted her to give me to christ. When I was 12 I was baptized into christianity because my friend Reagan introduced me to my church Northridge. So that is why I chose to be baptized.
Here I interacted with similarly aged Christians and did learning activities together with instructors. As I got older, when I attended LaSalle Springs Middle School, I began to participate in Vacation Bible School as a teacher and would give out activities for the younger children to do. Shortly after, I went through conformation to officially become a member of the Church. During this time, I was also baptized because I wasn’t at birth.
Baptism of Christ is a painting created by Francesco Albani from 1630 to 1635. ("Baptism of Christ - Francesco Albani - The Athenaeum." Baptism of Christ”). In this painting there is an image of the baptism of Christ and all of its surroundings. The reason for the creation of this portrait, is because Francesco Albani was influenced by the Council of Trent during the time he created this painting. The painting has a description of what seems to look like a half-naked person who is surrounded by what looks like a body of water and has another person pouring some type of liquid on top of his head. This image is the center importance of the peace because it’s what’s closer to the audience and doesn’t fade into the background.
Although rite of passage are different from culture to culture, they all symbolized same things, kids emerging into adulthood. According to global citizen “in Vanuatu, a small island nation in the middle of the south pacific, young boys come of age by jumping of a 98-foot-tall tower with a bungee-like vine tied to their ankles, just barely preventing them from hitting the ground. The catch? Unlike a bungee cord, the vine lacks elasticity, and a slight miscalculation in vine length could lead to broken bones or even death.” Another example is from my home country of Ethiopia, in the west part of Ethiopia they have a tradition called Hamar Cow Jumping which is basically before a man gets married he has to jump over a castrated male cow four times
The world has become more confused than ever and this may be a sign that the End Times is drawing near, but renowned evangelist Billy Graham reminds people that they should be prepared for these times, especially for the return of Jesus Christ.
In the early Church, the three Sacraments of Initiation were practiced in one significant process. When the person reached a point of spiritual maturity (usually as an adult, contrary to today), he
Baptism is the sacramental rite that admits an adherent into the Christian Church community. It has origins with of John the Baptist as described in the Gospels, available through the recounts from Paul.
The book Steps to Christ discusses our relationship with God. The author Ellen White describes thirteen steps we must take to enable us to have a loving and committed relationship with our Heavenly Father. In this essay I discuss each of the thirteen steps.