Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Catechism of the Day

The Sacrament of Holy Baptism continued

Fourthly. What does such baptizing with water signify?

It signifies that the Old Adam in us should,
by daily contrition and repentance,
be drowned and die with all sins and evil lusts and, again,
a new man daily come forth and arise,
who shall live before God in righteousness and purity forever.

Where is this written?

St. Paul says, Romans, chapter sixth:

We are buried with Christ by Baptism into death, that,
like as He was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father,
even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Quartum. Quid autem significat ista in aquam immersio?

Significat, quod vetus Adam, qui adhuc in nobis est,
subinde per quotidianam mortificationem ac poenitentiam
in nobis submergi et exstingui debeat una cum omnibus peccatis et malis concupiscentiis,
atque rursus quotidie emergere ac resurgere novus homo,
qui in iustitia et puritate coram Deo vivat in aeternum.

Ubi hoc scriptum est?

Sanctus Paulus ad Romanos, dicit:

Sepulti igitur sumus una cum Christo per baptismum in mortem,
ut quemadmodum excitatus est Christus ex mortuis per gloriam Patris,
ita et nos in novitate vitae ambulemus.

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