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water is poured over the baby’s head as the minister says: I baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (in Orthodox Churches, the baby is briefly put completely under the water)
godparents are sometimes given a lighted candle to represent the light of Jesus that has come into the baby’s life
for the ceremony, parents may dress their baby in a special white garment
Baptism scene, Granada, Nicaragua
Christians believe that baptism welcomes the child into the Church, and removes from the baby original sin that was brought into the world when Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden.
The baptism ceremony also allows parents and godparents to make a promise before God to bring the baby up within the faith of Christianity.
Baptist and Pentecostal churches baptise people when they are adults and able to decide for themselves whether or not they wish to be baptised. They do, however, often have a short service of dedication within a regular Sunday service to mark the birth of a baby.
During the service of dedication, the parents present their child in church. The story of Jesus' presentation in the Temple as told in Luke is often read. The parents promise to bring the child up according to Christian values, in a Christian home and as part of the church community.