I’m in RCIA, and I’m trying to figure out what are valid methods of baptism. I’m really worried my baptism isn’t real or something.
When I asked whether sprinkling was valid, the RCIA team only told me that sprinkling wasn’t preferred.
So is sprinkling valid or not?
Also, I don’t know if I’m being dense or what. I can’t seem to figure out the difference between sprinkling (aspersion) and pouring (affusion). Can someone tell me the difference?
For example, is it pouring if the pastor uses his hands like a vessel and a fairly good amount of water runs down my hair? Or is that sprinkling because he used his hands?
I always thought sprinkling was a very sparse use of water, where the pastor just dips his fingers in water and sort of ‘flicks’ it at you… I’m not sure how else to explain what I mean by this…
I can’t find a good definition of pouring v. sprinkling.
I’m not trying to argue whether one is better than another; just looking for facts on the actual details of the different forms of baptism.
PS Oh, also, does the water pouring/sprinkling/immersing have to be done 3 times? Or is just one time OK??