Carmel Bulletin, 1 April 2018
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
These words from St Paul, proclaimed each year at the Easter Vigil, remind us of the centrality of baptism to our Christian faith. Baptism draws us into the Paschal Mystery – that is, the mystery of Christ’s passover from death to new life.
It is little wonder, therefore, that the rituals of the Easter season draw particular attention to our baptism. We renew the promises of baptism on Easter Sunday. Each Sunday, we are encouraged to put aside the usual Penitential Act and instead participate in the sprinkling of blessed water. Baptism is the primary sacrament by which we are freed from sin, again through sharing in Christ’s death and resurrection.
Our new baptismal font also serves to remind ourselves of the centrality of this sacrament as our entry to the Church (hence why every entrance now leads to the font); a Church that celebrates the Paschal Mystery every Sunday and is brought to the fulfilment of, and sustained in its Christian life through the eucharist to which baptism leads. Blessing ourselves directly from the font as we enter the church helps make this all the more powerful.
While on the topic of the baptismal font, we have received some enquiries about our new font since it was installed. While the bowl can be removed for emptying and cleaning, it is not possible to accidentally tip it over. Keeping the font clean is important, and the water is replaced and the font cleaned with disinfectant on a regular basis. The green patina that has developed on the bronze in places is a natural result of contact between the bronze, water and air. It also happens on similar metals such as copper (think of old copper pipes, or the Statue of Liberty, which also gets its green colour from the natural patina that has developed on the copper over time).