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Baltimore Catechism II, Lesson 10. The Manner of Lay Baptism & Introduction to Catechism

There are three tasks for this lesson:

  1. Study the Lesson.
  2. Complete the Memory Work.
  3. Complete the Lesson Exam.

Lesson

Pour common water on the head or face of the person to be baptized, and say while pouring it: “I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”

N.B. Any person of either sex who has reached the use of reason can baptize in case of necessity.

Catechism

A catechism is any book made up in question and answer form, no matter what it treats of. We have catechisms of history, of geography, etc. Our Catechism is a book in the same form treating of religion. It is a little compendium of the truths of our religion, of all we must believe and do. It contains, in the simplest form, all that a priest learns during his many years of study. The theology he learns is only a deeper and fuller explanation of the Catechism. A whole book might be written on almost every question. For example, might we not write a book on each of the first three questions–the World, God, and Man? There is consequently much meaning in the Catechism, which must be made known to us by explanation. You should therefore learn the Catechism by heart now, even when you do not fully understand it; because afterwards, when you read books on religion or hear sermons, all these questions and answers will come back to your mind. Sermons will help you to understand the questions, or the questions will help you to understand the sermons.

Source: Rev. Thomas Kinkead, An Explanation of the Baltimore Catechism of Christian Doctrine (1891)

Memory Work

Read each question and recite it with its answer until memorized.

Recite the Manner in Which a Lay Person is to Baptize in Case of Necessity.
Pour common water on the head or face of the person to be baptized, and say while pouring it: “I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”

Examination

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Baltimore Catechism II, Lesson 10 Exam