Know Your Faith Series – The Sacrament of Baptism – Symbols Used 


Water is the central symbol of Baptism. It is essential to all life thus the Water of Baptism symbolises the life-giving grace that sustains those who have become children of God. While the water is being poured on the child and the words “I baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” are said – he/she is being filled with the Holy Spirit.

The Oil of Catechumen which is put on the chest of the child symbolises that he/she now has the strength to live the life of Christ.

The Oil of Chrism which is rubbed on the crown of the head of the child symbolises that he/she now shares in the life of Christ as Priest, Prophet and King.

White Garment

The white garment symbolises that the child has now become a new creation and has clothed himself/herself in Christ.

Baptismal Candle

The Baptismal candle symbolises the Light of Christ – the Light of the World. This is the light that darkness  cannot overcome. Light warms and encourages, it gives safety and illuminates the way ahead.