The Sacrament of Baptism welcomes the candidate into the family of the Church, meaning that they should live their life according to the Church’s teaching. When thinking of a Baptismal ceremony people often think of a baby being baptised, but actually a lot of candidates are adults too. The Sacrament of Baptism cleanses the candidate from sin on two levels. Firstly, it frees them from the Original Sin that everyone is subjected to from the moment they are born. Secondly, it cleanses the candidate from any other sins they may have committed through their own doing before being baptised.
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Taken from The Faith Of The Catholic Church a CTS Publication
147. How is the Christian initiation brought about?
An individual is initiated as a Christian through three Sacraments: Baptism, which is the beginning of new life; Confirmation, which is the strengthening; and the Eucharist, which nourishes with the Body and Blood of Christ so as to make the Christian disciple more like Christ.
148. Why is Baptism important?
Baptism is important because it brings the individual to a new life in Christ and to membership of the Church. According to the will of the Lord it is necessary for salvation, as is the belonging to the Church.