Holy Sealing is the dispensing of the gift of the Holy Spirit, whereby a child of man becomes a child of God. As in the early Christian congregations, this sacrament is administered by the laying-on of hands and prayer of a living Apostle of Christ.

Like Holy Baptism with water, Holy Sealing is also an act of God upon a human being. That which was begun in Holy Baptism is completed in Holy Sealing, namely the rebirth out of water and Spirit. Both sacraments are acts of God’s grace upon a human being and are only performed once. The life received thereby is nourished and preserved above all by regularly partaking of Holy Communion.

The new creation (2 Corinthians 5: 17) which comes into being through the rebirth is a reference to the sanctification and renewal which occurs through God, the Holy Spirit.

Text Source: Catechism of the New Apostolic Church, Chapter 8.3.8 / 2008 Calendar of the New Apostolic Church India


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