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Baptism is our entrance into the Church and is the basis of our whole Christian life. Through this sacrament, water and the word of God, cleanses us of all sin. We are freed from sin and reborn and sanctified in Christ to everlasting life. During the baptism, a baptismal covenant is made in which the person being baptized, either personally or through one's sponsor, agrees to belong entirely to Christ, who in turn promises the new Christian to bless him or her with a lifetime of divine grace. For the grace of Baptism to unfold, the parents' help is important. So too is the role of the godfather and godmother, who must be firm believers, able and ready to help the newly baptized - child or adult on the road of Christian life.
The word Messiah (Christos in Greek) means "anointed." Jesus is the Christ, the one anointed by the Holy Spirit. At Confirmation, we are anointed with that same Holy Spirit. At the actual anointing during Confirmation we hear the words: "Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit." This sacrament gives us the grace to live our life as a Christian boldly and without shame. Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.
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