The Celebration of the Christian Mystery
The baptized have become “living stones” to be “built into
a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood.”
By Baptism they share
in the priesthood of Christ, in his prophetic and royal mission. They
are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own
people, that [they] may declare the wonderful deeds of him who
called [them] out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
gives a share in the common priesthood of all believers.
Having become a member of the Church, the person bap-
tized belongs no longer to himself, but to him who died and rose
From now on, he is called to be subject to others, to serve
them in the communion of the Church, and to “obey and submit”
to the Church’s leaders,
holding them in respect and affection.
Just as Baptism is the source of responsibilities and duties, the
baptized person also enjoys rights within the Church: to receive the
sacraments, to be nourished with the Word of God and to be
sustained by the other spiritual helps of the Church.
“Reborn as sons of God, [the baptized] must profess before
men the faith they have received from God through the Church”
and participate in the apostolic and missionary activity of the
People of God.
The sacramental bond of the unity of Christians
Baptism constitutes the foundation of communion among
all Christians, including those who are not yet in full communion
with the Catholic Church: “For men who believe in Christ and have
been properly baptized are put in some, though imperfect, com
munion with the Catholic Church. Justified by faith in Baptism,
[they] are incorporated into Christ; they therefore have a right to
be called Christians, and with good reason are accepted as brothers
by the children of the Catholic Church.”
the sacramental bond of unity
existing among all who
through it are reborn.”
37; CIC, cann. 208-223; CCEO, can. 675:2.
22 § 2.