Baptism has been a symbolic way of joining the Church from the very start of Christianity.
Baptism is a sign of:
Baptism involves four things:
Baptism predates Christianity. John the Baptist baptised Jesus even before the Church existed.
Baptism uses water as a sign of cleansing and that sin has been removed from the person who is baptised.
Often the person to be baptised will wear white clothes to symbolise the purity which baptism brings.
Jesus told his disciples that they were to baptise those who came to follow him.