Christian rite of admission and adoption, almost invariably with the use of water
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Baptism is a rite or ceremony performed by Sikhs and Christians. It is done as a symbolic cleansing. For Christians it shows that the person being baptized has become a follower of Jesus, and it can represent the joining of the Christian family. For Sikhs, taking Baptism or Amrit Sanskar is most important and it represent followers of Sikhism.



Roman Catholics baptize infants to mark their becoming members of the church.[1] It is a sacrament usually performed by a priest. Anglicans, Methodists, Lutherans and Presbyterians also baptize babies. Baptists and many other churches, baptize only when the person is old enough to decide that they are ready to declare their faith in Christ.

Some religious groups practice baptism by sprinkling a small amount of water on the person, usually their head. Other groups put the person under the water. Almost all Christians baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. A few baptize only in the name of Jesus. [2]

Baptism in early Christian art. This is a fresco in the catacombs of Rome.

Bible times


In the Old Testament, a similar washing ceremony was done when priests were ordained.[3] Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist before he began his ministry.[4] The usual form of baptism among the earliest Christians was for the person to be immersed totally or partially. But sprinkling, or pouring, was also practiced at an early day with sick and dying persons when total or partial immersion was not practical.[5]

Other websites



  1. "Catechism of the Catholic Church - The Sacrament of Baptism".
  3. Leviticus 8:6,7
  4. Matthew 3:13–17, Mark 1:9–11, Luke 3:21–23
  5. The Amazing Bible Factbook. New York: American Bible Society. 2008. pp. 246, 247. ISBN 978-1603207782.