“The sheer gratuitousness of the grace of salvation is particularly manifest in infant Baptism”
Born with original sin, Children too are in need of the new birth received through Baptism. With Baptism, we are freed from the power of darkness and brought into the realm of the freedom of the children of God, to which all are called. Children especially experience the priceless grace of becoming a child of God when they are conferred Baptism as infants.
Baptism is the first sacrament of initiation into Christian life. Only through it can other sacraments be received, such as Confirmation and Holy Communion. Baptism makes us members of the Body of Christ, it incorporates us into the Church as by one Spirit we are all baptised into one body.
Parents are the first teachers and witnesses of the faith. By baptizing their child, parents agree to actively participate in their child’s faith formation, bringing him/her up in the teachings of the Church and allowing them opportunities to have a deep and personal encounter with Christ.
So too is the role of the godfather or godmother, who must be firm believers, able and ready to help the newly baptized on the road of Christian life.
“‘Baptism’ because sin is buried in the water; anointing for it is priestly and royal as are those who are anointed; enlightenment because it radiates light; clothing since it veils our shame; bath because it washes; seal as it is our guard and the sign of God’s Lordship.”
-St Gregory of Nazianzus