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Offline Seamus

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How To Baptize
« on: April 24, 2008, 12:51:58 AM »
I understand, and have believed all my life, that a person should be baptized in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. But there's one question I can't quite answer. Why did St. Peter say, in Acts 2:38, to be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ?
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Re: How To Baptize
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2008, 06:38:35 AM »
I understand, and have believed all my life, that a person should be baptized in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. But there's one question I can't quite answer. Why did St. Peter say, in Acts 2:38, to be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ?
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Because invoking someone's name is a powerful connection (if used in a heartfelt way).  Those who were  baptized in the Lord's name were supplicating His mercy, subjugating themselves to His power, etc.  When you are baptized in the name of the Trinity, you are indeed baptized in Christ Jesus, not only as "The Son," but also through the requests in the prayers before the baptismal event (i.e. early in the service).
"O Cross of Christ, all-holy, thrice-blessed, and life-giving, instrument of the mystical rites of Zion, the holy Altar for the service of our Great Archpriest, the blessing - the weapon - the strength of priests, our pride, our consolation, the light in our hearts, our mind, and our steps"
Met. Meletios of Nikopolis & Preveza, from his ordination.