THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM - THE OLD RITE
To be baptized is to be immersed in Christ's death, to be buried with Christ, to be risen with Christ to new life. From this sacramental fact or experience we derive all our Christian glory: we are washed clean from original sin and all personal sins, we are marked with the ownership of Christ by a brand or indelible seal, filled with divine life, enhanced with supernatural gifts, reborn children of God, and made members of Christ's mystical body.
"I tell you truly that unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains a single grain of wheat; but if it dies, it brings a good harvest." By the paschal mystery of death and resurrection Christ made an end of the deserved condemnation to everlasting death brought by Adam upon his seed, and simultaneously raised up to new life His own posterity, heirs according to the promise. By the paschal sacrament of baptism our own death and resurrection with Christ is signified and effected in sacramental mystery.Read More