House For Six

Lent: The Road to Baptism

Deme CrinionComment
I often forget that Lent is largely about Baptism.  I'm sponsoring a candidate in the RCIA program this year and being involved in RCIA again during Lent (although in a different capacity this time around!) has been a very real reminder of the Baptismal focus of this season. 

Our catechumens are taking intentional steps of prayer, study and examination, to ensure they are prepared to receive their Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion) on Easter...the first and most important being Baptism.  It is the Sacrament that opens the door for all the others.  Through it we die to sin and rise to new life in Christ!   

Those of us that have already been baptized are going through a similar process in our Lenten journey.  We examine, we pray, we turn from sin....all so that we can go forward, renewed to live resurrection life in Christ.  And when these catechumens are baptized at the Easter Vigil, those of us that have already been baptized will be renewing our Baptismal vows right along side them. 

What we do during Lent (our self-sacrifice, our self-examination, our repentance, our fasting, our prayer, our reflection, our study, our grow), should all lead us to a place where we are ready to renew our Baptismal vows with fervor.

So will you be ready to not just to recite them, but proclaim them?

Baptismal Vows

Do you reject Satan?
I do! 

And all his works?
I do!

And all his empty promises?
I do!

Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth?
I do!

Do you 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?
I do!

Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?
I do!

God, the all-powerful Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and forgiven all our sins. May he also keep us faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ for ever and ever.    

AMEN!