An indelible spiritual mark . . .
Incorporated into Christ by Baptism, the person baptized
is configured to Christ. Baptism seals the Christian with the indel-
ible spiritual mark (
) of his belonging to Christ. No sin can
erase this mark, even if sin prevents Baptism from bearing the fruits
Given once for all, Baptism cannot be repeated.
Incorporated into the Church by Baptism, the faithful have
received the sacramental character that consecrates them for Chris-
tian religious worship.
The baptismal seal enables and commits
Christians to serve God by a vital participation in the holy liturgy
of the Church and to exercise their baptismal priesthood by the
witness of holy lives and practical charity.
The Holy Spirit has marked us with the
seal of the Lord
) “for the day of redemption.”
indeed is the seal of eternal life.”
The faithful Christian who has
“kept the seal” until the end, remaining faithful to the demands of
his Baptism, will be able to depart this life “with the sign
with his baptismal faith, in expectation of the blessed
vision of God—the consummation of faith—and in the hope of
Christian initiation is accomplished by three sacraments
together: Baptism which is the beginning of new life;
Confirmationwhich is its strengthening; and the Eucha-
rist which nourishes the disciple with Christ’s Body and
Blood for his transformation in Christ.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, bap-
tizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that
I have commanded you” (
Baptism is birth into the new life in Christ. In accord
ance with the Lord’s will, it is necessary for salvation,
as is the Church herself, which we enter by Baptism.
8:29; Council of Trent (1547): DS 1609-1619.
86 St. Augustine,
98, 5: PL 33, 362;
4:30; cf. 1:13-14;
87 St. Irenaeus,
3: SCh 62, 32.
EP I (Roman Canon) 95.