Religious Cerimonies

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Baptism

A definition of baptism I found states; happy is our sacrament of water, in that, by washing away the sins of our early blindness, we are set free and admitted into eternal life! I believe this to be a good statement. I was baptized at the age of ten and when I was baptized I had no idea what the event meant or stood for. I took part in this event because my parents told me it was a good thing to do and I needed to be baptized for my religion. At the time I was baptized I thought to myself, why are the people being dipped in a bathtub? I had no idea what it was meant for and I could not comprehend why this event was so important. At the time I was baptized it did not change anything in my life, because I was too young and did not know the meaning of the event.

Communal Worship

Communal worship for me happened when I was an infant to the age of about seventeen. I was basically forced to go because that is what my parents wanted me to do. When I was a young child I started to realize this was a good thing for me. I enjoyed going to church mainly because it was fun. The church I belonged to, when I was young, was named The First Church of God. This church was a very interactive church, meaning it had a lot of activities going on at once, which was very good for a child not to get bored. The church made everything very interesting for a child to grasp the concept of God and what he was trying to do for us. When I left the church it was not my decision; it was mainly the work schedule I had at the time that did not allow me to attend. When I look back on this event I do wish I still could attend the church I grow up in. The church did help me get closer to God and understand what he is trying to do for us. The church did make me stronger in my belief and it did help set a standard in the way I live my life and think towards others. The churches around the globe I believe do help the nations; the way they think and the way the act to achieve they're goals.

Matrimony

A girl and a guy see each other in the distance. They meet. They date. They fall in love. They marry. They have children. Their love keeps growing. It all just gets better and better. That's the script, which everyone who's even remotely considering marriage hopes to follow. But we live in an imperfect world where marriages, like civilizations and cultures, are endangered by human imperfection. Even in this imperfect world, marriage can and does turn out well more often than we notice. The exception of tragedy, it seems, always gets more media attention than success. Among believing, a good marriage relationship is connected with the supernatural, with God, in a way that our faith calls a "sacrament." (Auer 2) I believe everyone does get married for this reason. These are the main reasons why I did it my self: to fall in love, to have children, and to live happily ever after.

I got married on February 11, 2003 on the island of St. Lucia. It was a great time and a blessing for me. We had a small ceremony on the beach under an almond tree. We had only a few people around us, which I think made the ceremony better because everything was then focused on the event. Looking back I believe this was the best thing I could have ever done for myself, mainly because this event helped me settle down and focus on other things besides me. Although my wife and I do not go to a church we do believe and one can see this with the every day practices that my wife and I have. I believe if everyone would find that certain someone and does get married, then life would be much simpler but we all know this will never happen.

Rites of the Dying

Whatever method the minister or priest uses, the intention is the same: to prepare the dying for their meeting with God. When Christians die they hope to be in a state pleasing to God so that they can go to Heaven. This means that they want to be free of all sins they have committed. This involves seeking God's forgiveness for what is yet unforgiven and be reconciled with their enemies and to die in love and unity with God. Since I have never witnessed this event I cannot give a reflection of this. I can give my opinion on the topic and that would be I do agree with this because you do want to cleanse your sins and I believe this will help the person on their deathbed to feel better about them self as the pass into the next life.