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Baptism - Sacrament of Baptism
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Part of Baptism:

1. Sacrament of Baptism

2. Baptism of Desire

It is difficult for us today to feel the resonant joy in the opening words of Tertullian’s De Baptismo: “Felix sacramentum aquae nostrae” — the bliss of the oath of allegiance taken in the sacramental water. For the early Christians baptism was the conscious and blessed beginning of the Christian life, a new birth and a re-birth in the image of Chr…

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Burkhard Neunheuser, “Baptism - Sacrament of Baptism”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 05 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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