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Baptism

Baptism - SacramentThe Sacrament of Baptism: Online Resources

 

The beginning of Jesus' public ministry came after he was baptized by his cousin John in the Jordan River.  And it was the Lord Jesus who commanded the apostles to go, make disciples of all nations, and baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).

 

So the sacrament of baptism (called the "ordinance" of baptism by some Protestant Churches) is fundamental to the Christian faith.

 

But what is the meaning of baptism and its sign of water?  And should we baptize infants who can't speak for themselves (infant baptism), or only adults who have consciously decided to follow Jesus (believer's baptism)?  Should we baptize by full immersion, or is it sufficient to baptize by pouring or sprinking water over the head of the new Christian.  And does baptism itself really do or add anything, or is it just an outward sign of an invisible salvation that has already taken place?  What is the relationship between baptism and salvation anyway?  What connection does it have to being "born again?"

 

These questions have often divided Christians over the past 400 years, so it is important to seek answers to them.  The online resources below do just that, drawn from contemporary authors, classic authors such as the Early Church Fathers, and official documents of the Catholic Church.

 

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Title Author Excerpt Download
Baptism as Circumcision of the Heart - Aphraates Aphraates - Bishop Yes Download
Baptism as Illumination in the Early Church -- St. Justin Martyr St. Justin, Martyr Yes Download
Baptism in the Holy Spirit - Fr. Cantalamessa Various No Download
Baptism is a Symbol of Christ's Passion - St. Cyril of Jerusalem St. Cyril of Jerusalem Yes Download
Baptism Makes us Temples of God--Caesarius of Arles St. Caesarius of Arles Yes
Baptism Means Crossing the Jordan - Origen Origen Yes Download
Baptism of the Lord - St. Gregory Nazianzen St. Gregory of Nazianzen Yes Download
Baptism of the Lord and the Sacrament of Confirmation Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Baptism of the Son of God Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Baptismal Priesthood, Ministerial Priesthood--Leo the Great St. Leo the Great Yes
Born Again in Water and Spirit-St. Basil St. Basil the Great Yes Download
Born Again in Water and the Spirit-Ambrose St. Ambrose of Milan Yes
Buried With Christ in Baptism-St Basil St. Basil the Great Yes Download
By His Wounds We are Healed-St Theodoret of Cyr Theodoret of Cyr Yes Download
Chosen Race, Royal Priesthood -- St. Bede St. Bede the Venerable Yes Download
Chrism and White Garments-St Ambrose St. Ambrose of Milan Yes
Christ's Baptism: Fire Immersed in Water -- St. Proclus St. Proclus Yes
Easter Octave, Baptism as New Creation in Christ - Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo Yes Download
High-profile Muslim baptized by Pope - CNA Various No
Jerusalem Catecheses 1-12 Cyril of Jerusalem St. Cyril of Jerusalem No
Jerusalem Catecheses 12-24 Cyril of Jerusalem St. Cyril of Jerusalem No
Lent, Noah's Ark, and Baptism Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Moses and Christ -- St. John Chrysostom St. John Chrysostom Yes Download
Mystery of the Lord's Baptism--Maximus of Turin St. Maximus of Turin Yes
Nicene and Apostles Creed--Cyril of Jerusalem St. Cyril of Jerusalem Yes Download
On Baptism-Tertullian Tertullian No
Pick up your Mat and Go Home -- Healing of the Paralytic Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Post-baptismal Rites-Ambrose St. Ambrose of Milan Yes
Power of the Waters of Baptism -- St. Ambrose St. Ambrose of Milan Yes
Prefigurations of Baptism in Scripture-Ambrose St. Ambrose of Milan Yes
Preparation for Baptism -- St. Ambrose St. Ambrose of Milan Yes
Preparing Children for the Sacraments Dr. Edward Peters No Download
Priesthood of the Christian -- Peter Chrysologus on Baptism and Confirmation St. Peter Chrysologus Yes Download
Semon to Catchumens on the Creed-Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo No
Three Fountains of the Church - St. Jerome St. Jerome Yes Download
Work of the Holy Spirit-Didymus of Alexandria Various Yes

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