Baptism is the sign of new life in Christ. Baptism unites Christ with his people. To become a Christian is to be part of a new creation which rises from the dark waters of Christ’s death into the dawn of his risen life.
he celebration of this rite of Holy Baptism requires careful preparation by both the community and the candidates. The service should take place when a congregation gathers for the principal Sunday Eucharist, ideally on days that are particularly appropriate for baptism—Easter (especially at the Vigil), Pentecost, All Saints, the
- participation in Christ’s death and resurrection (Romans 6.3–5; Colossians 2.12)
- a washing away of sin (1 Corinthians 6.11)
- a new birth (John 3.5)
- an enlightenment by Christ (Ephesians 5.14)
- a re-clothing in Christ (Galatians 3.27);
- a renewal by the Spirit (Titus 3.5)
- the experience of salvation from the flood (1 Peter 3.20–21)
- an exodus from bondage (1 Corinthians 10.1–2)
- a liberation into a new humanity in which barriers of division, whether of sex or race or social status, are transcended (Galatians 3.27–28; 1 Corinthians 12.13).
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