Baltimore Catechism No. 1 (of 4) eBook

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147.  Q. Do the Sacraments always give grace?  A. The Sacraments always give grace, if we receive them with the right dispositions.

148.  Q. Can we receive the Sacraments more than once?  A. We can receive the Sacraments more than once, except Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders.


152.  Q. What is Baptism?  A. Baptism is a Sacrament which cleanses us from original sin, makes us Christians, children of God, and heirs of heaven.

153.  Q. Are actual sins ever remitted by Baptism?  A. Actual sins and all the punishment due to them are remitted by Baptism, if the person baptized be guilty of any, and is rightly disposed.

154.  Q. Is Baptism necessary to salvation?  A. Baptism is necessary to salvation, because without it we cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven.

155.  Q. Who can administer Baptism?  A. The priest is the ordinary minister of Baptism; but in case of necessity any one who has the use of reason may baptize.

156.  Q. How is Baptism given?  A. Whoever baptizes should pour water on the head of the person to be baptized, and say, while pouring the water:  I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.


166.  Q. What is Confirmation?  A. Confirmation is a Sacrament through which we receive the Holy Ghost to make us strong and perfect Christians and soldiers of Jesus Christ.

167.  Q. Who administers Confirmation?  A. The bishop is the ordinary minister of Confirmation.

168.  Q. How does the bishop give Confirmation?  A. The bishop extends his hands over those who are to be confirmed, prays that they may receive the Holy Ghost, and anoints the forehead of each with holy chrism in the form of a cross.

170.  Q. What does the bishop say in anointing the person he confirms?  A. In anointing the person he confirms the bishop says:  I sign thee with the sign of the cross, and I confirm thee with the chrism of salvation, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

173.  Q. To receive Confirmation worthily is it necessary to be in the state of grace?  A. To receive Confirmation worthily it is necessary to be in the state of grace.

173a.  Q. What is a state of grace?  A. A state of grace is freedom from mortal sin.

{T.N.:  The above question is numbered 174 in the printed source, but a different question is given in its place in Baltimore Catechism Nos. 2 and 4, where the topic is covered in Q. 55 and elsewhere.}

175.  Q. Is it a sin to neglect Confirmation?  A. It is a sin to neglect Confirmation, especially in these evil days when faith and morals are exposed to so many and such violent temptations.


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