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Why is a white cloth used in Baptism?


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June 11, 2010 6:42PM

The white cloth represents purity. It shows the baptized's new-found purity, now that original sin has been washed away.
The white garment the person receives is a symbol of new life and of purity. If something is white, it is clean and spotless. So is the soul of the newly baptized clean and spotless, thanks to the sanctifying grace the person has received through the sacrament of Baptism. This symbolism is very scriptural. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow" (Isa 1:18). "He who conquers shall be clad thus in white garments, and I will not blot his name out of the book of life; I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels" (Rev 3:5).