BAPTISTRY

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Do you not know that all of us who were baptized into Christ were baptized into his death?
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised
from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Romans 6:3-4

 

Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God; we receive sanctifying grace, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in the Lord's three-fold mission: to pray, proclaim,.and to serve.  Baptism imprints a character on the soul.

Through this sacrament, our journey in Christ begins and makes possible our whole life in him. It is a foretaste and promise of our destination in Christ.

The baptistry is the area where the baptismal font is placed. It is reserved for the very first sacrament which we receive and is a place worthy for Christians to be reborn in water and the Holy Spirit. The free-standing font is the symbol of both tomb and womb, for in Baptism we die to sin and are reborn in Christ. The font as symbol of the womb directly presents the motherhood of the Church since as mother of the children of God, she brings them forth through Baptism.

Located near the sanctuary, the baptistry is positioned in relation to the celebration of the Word and the Eucharist. This brings out the character of the grace of baptism which finds its nourishment in the Eucharist. The font appears as the Christian’s response to the invitation of Christ to proclaim the Good News in thought, word and deed. The baptistry is a reminder of what we once were and what we now are.

 

 

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