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The Celebration of the Christian Mystery

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1268

The baptized have become “living stones” to be “built into

a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood.”

74

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.”

75

Baptism

gives a share in the common priesthood of all believers.

1269

Having become a member of the Church, the person bap-

tized belongs no longer to himself, but to him who died and rose

for us.

76

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,

77

holding them in respect and affection.

78

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.

79

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“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.

80

The sacramental bond of the unity of Christians

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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.”

81

“Baptism therefore

constitutes

the sacramental bond of unity

existing among all who

through it are reborn.”

82

74

1 Pet

2:5.

75

1 Pet

2:9.

76 Cf.

1 Cor

6:19;

2 Cor

5:15.

77

Heb

13:17.

78 Cf

. Eph

5:21;

1 Cor

16:15-16;

1 Thess

5:12-13;

Jn

13:12-15.

79 Cf.

LG

37; CIC, cann. 208-223; CCEO, can. 675:2.

80

LG

11; cf.

LG

17;

AG

7; 23.

81

UR

3.

82

UR

22 § 2.

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