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Baptismal Renewal/Reminder
(231 words)

[German Version]

Baptism is the foundational sacrament of Christian life and identity. Consequently, a series of forms for commemorating baptism and symbolically recalling baptism has developed: the use of holy water as a sign of the anniversary of one's baptism, the confession of faith (symbolum[Confession [[of faith]]]), the Paternoster and aspersion with holy water before the Sunday Eucharist. In the Middle Ages, holy water was seen as apotropaic, and the celebration of the annual baptismal commemoration died out, the meaning of the symbolum and the Paternoster in relation…

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Ruff, Anthony W., “Baptismal Renewal/Reminder”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 10 April 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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