The word baptism in its origins is Greek and means "immersion" and "bath." Immersion in water is a sign of death and emersion out of the water means new life. To bathe in water is also to undergo cleansing.
The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus. Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist. The waters did not purify him; he cleansed the waters.
"He comes to sanctify the Jordan for our sake . . . to begin a new creation through the Spirit and water"
(St. Gregory Nazianzen, Liturgy of the Hours, I, 634)
Jesus' immersion in the water is a sign for all human beings of the need to die to themselves to do God's will. Jesus did not need to be baptized because he was totally faithful to the will of his Father and free from sin. However, he wanted to show his solidarity with human beings in order to reconcile them to the Father. By commanding his disciples to baptize all nations, he established the means by which people would die to sin—Original and actual—and begin to live a new life with God.
Baptism seminars are offered once a month here at Resurrection. These are usually held the third Tuesday of the month beginning at 7:30 in the evening in the Pastoral Center conference room. Parents intending to have their child baptized must attend a baptism session.
To register for a seminar, please contact Alice Appleby at 410-645-4016 or email@example.com.
For more information or if you have questions, please contact Kate Kleintank at 410-989-6156 or firstname.lastname@example.org.