Jun 15, 2022
The Holy Baptism
In the mystery of Holy Baptism, the Holy Spirit descends upon the water and turns it from ordinary water into living water which washes a person and gives him a new birth
"But according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit" (Titus 3:5).
Water is a symbol of the Spirit in that it is necessary for keeping life and maintaining it. God is the fountain of living water because from Him comes the Holy Spirit
"But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me" (John 15:26).
Through the water of baptism, the Holy Spirit freed us from sin and joined us with our Lord Jesus Christ, sharing in His holiness and destined for eternal life.
Baptism leaves us permanently changed, no longer the person we once were, but a new person, dying to death and sin, and rising to new life in our Lord Jesus Christ.
In the words of St. Paul, "We were buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so too may we live a new life" (Romans 6:4).
Ezekiel the prophet said, "Then I washed you in water; yes, I thoroughly washed off your blood, and I anointed you with oil." (Ezek 16:9).
As the words ‘bathed with water’ refer to the work of the Holy Spirit in baptism the words ‘anointed you with oil’ refer to His work in the mystery of Holy Chrismation.