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1228 Hence Baptism is a bath of water in which the "imperishable seed" of the Word of God produces its life-giving effect. 32 St. Augustine says of Baptism: "The word is brought to the material element, and it becomes a sacrament." 33

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PART TWO: THE CELEBRATION OF THE CHRISTIAN MYSTERY

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SECTION TWO: THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS OF THE CHURCH

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CHAPTER ONE: THE SACRAMENTS OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION

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ARTICLE 1: THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

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II. BAPTISM IN THE ECONOMY OF SALVATION

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32 I Pet 1:23; cf. Eph 5:26.

33 St. Augustine, In Jo. ev. 80, 3: PL 35, 1840.

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