Friday, April 02, 2010

For You, Little Child...

Eva's baptism at The King's Congregation, Boise, ID

At the conclusion of our baptism ceremony, if the recipient of the water is young enough to be carried in my arms, I take them out into the congregation while the congregation says to them (see interspersed below):

"For you, little child, Jesus Christ has come, he has fought, he has suffered."

"For you he entered the shadow of Gethsemane and the horror of Calvary."

"For you he uttered the cry, 'It is finished!'"

"For you he rose from the dead and ascended into heaven and there he intercedes — for you, little child, even though you do not know it."

"But in this way the word of the Gospel becomes true. 'We love him, because he first loved us.'"

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