|This Liturgy is based in part on the
Rite of the Blessing of Baptismal Water from the Easter Vigil. It
offers an opportunity for those who were baptised as babies to
reflect on the dignity and responsibility that come with it. It
could also be helpful in the preparation of catechumens for baptism
- helping them to go more deeply into the mystery. They can reflect
on the symbols and the words that they will hear at the Vigil.
The setting could include the symbols of baptism: water, candle, oil and white garment and cards with the names of the people who have gathered (or cards on which the names can be written).
Alternatively, a focal point could be arranged and each symbol brought forward and placed there with a few words of explanation of some of the things they represent - water: cleanses and refreshes; oil: anointed - chosen - healed; candle: light - enlightenment - warmth; white garment: purity - dignity; name: we are called individually - by the name written on the palm of God's hand.
In the RCIA, the links with the Year A Gospels can be made. These words might be helpful:
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