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Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.” ( CCC: 1213)
In the Syro-Malabar Rite, the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist are conferred together. The faithful are born anew by water in Baptism, strengthened by the Holy Spirit in the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life.