"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always to the close of the age." (Matthew 28: 19-20).
"The water of salvation is at once your grave and your mother" (St. Cyril of Jerusalem). Therefore, Baptism is both our "Tomb and Womb," that is, the child is born again in Christ, the Resurrected Lord. It is a serious step in the life of the Christian. A serious preparation for the Sacrament of Baptism is very important to the parents and the Godparents of the candidate or the candidate himself (in the case of an adult). Pastors must make them aware of the seriousness of this entry into the life of Christ and of the basic teachings of the Church. They also must make and show sincere efforts to live accordingly. Therefore:
"For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many as you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ." (Gal. 3:26-27)Tags: baptism, clergy, antiochian, holy, spirit