One, or even two, of the following gospel passages are read, during which all may sit, if convenient.
John 3: 1-6: The meeting with Nicodemus.
Matthew 28: 18-20: The apostles are sent to preach the gospel and to baptize.
Mark 1: 9-11: The baptism of Jesus.
Mark 10: 13-16: Let the little children come to me.
After the reading, the celebrant gives a short homily, explaining to those present the significance of what has been read. His purpose will be to lead them to a deeper understanding of the mystery of baptism and to encourage the parents and godparents to ready acceptance of the responsibilities which arise from the sacrament.
After the homily, or in the course of or after the litany, it is desirable to have a period of silence while all pray at the invitation of the celebrant. If convenient, a suitable song follows, such as one chosen from nos. 225-245: Acclamations and Hymns
INVOCATION of the SAINTS
The celebrant next invites all present to invoke the saints:
Holy Mary, Mother of God. All: Pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist. All: Pray for us.
Saint Joseph. All: Pray for us.
Saint Peter and Saint Paul. All: Pray for us.
The names of other saints may be added, especially the patrons of the child to be baptized, and of the church or locality.
The litany concludes:
All holy men and women. All: Pray for us.
PRAYER of EXORCISM
After the invocation, the celebrant says:
Almighty and ever-living God, you sent your only Son into the world to cast out the power of Satan, spirit of evil, to rescue man from the kingdom of darkness, and bring him into the splendor of your kingdom of light. We pray for this child: set him (her) free from original sin, make him (her) a temple of your glory, and send your Holy Spirit to dwell with him (her).
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Almighty God, you sent your only Son to rescue us from slavery of sin, and to give us the freedom only your sons and daughters enjoy. We now pray for this child who will have to face the world with its temptations, and fight the devil in all his cunning. Your Son died and rose again to save us. By his victory over sin and death, cleanse this child from the stain of original sin. Strengthen him (her) with the grace of Christ, and watch over him (her) at every step in life’s journey. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
ANOINTING BEFORE BAPTISM
The celebrant continues:
We anoint you with the oil of salvation in the name of Christ our Savior; may he strengthen you with his power, who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
He anoints the child on the breast with the oil of catechumens.
Then they go to the baptistery, or to the sanctuary when baptism is celebrated there on occasion.