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On Infant Baptism – Is it Biblical?

by Robert Arakaki Another exceptionally well written and reasoned piece, from the Reformed-Orthodox bridge. Martin wrote: I have a question. Baptists and Pentecostals say infant baptism is not biblical.  Do we find infant baptisms in the Bible? I heard someone say that this practice started around year 200. Where can I find the earliest teachings […]

Is Infant Baptism Biblical?

by Fr. John Hainsworth In this installment, Fr. John shows clearly answers the question: Is infant baptism Biblical? Yes, infant baptism is Biblical. While there is no description of an individual infant being baptized, the Bible describes five separate household baptisms: The Household of Cornelius, Acts 11:13–14: “Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon whose surname […]

Infant Baptism in the Orthodox Church

by Fr. John Hainsworth On Infant Baptism in the Orthodox Church. This excellent extended article will be presented in six installments.  Every night my family gathers around the dinner table. We pray, dish out the food, laugh, argue, and ask and answer questions. The scene is sometimes chaotic, sometimes serious, sometimes silly, but this scene […]

Baptismal Sponsorship, Past and Present

by Fr. Lawrence Farley The parents may say, “Church is very, very important,” but if they do not go to church every week and devoutly receive Holy Communion, and say their private prayers, and pray at meal-times, such exhortations will be recognized by children for the hypocritical clap-trap it is. When infants are brought to […]

What Happens to a Child in Baptism?

by Fr. John Hainsworth About What Happens to the Child in Baptism IS BAPTISM JUST A SIGN? Everything I have said assumes that baptism is more than just an outward expression of an inward acceptance of Christ. Of course, baptism is an outward expression in that physical hands are laid on a physical person and […]

Baptism: But Children Don’t Understand the Faith!

by Fr. John Hainsworth Children don’t understand the faith – does that make them ‘second class citizens’ of the Body of Christ – is that a reason not to baptism them into the Church? The assumption behind this objection to infant baptism, one which did not exist in the early Church or in the centuries […]

Infant Communion: The Ancient Western Tradition

Renowned liturgist and retired professor from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, Archimandrite Robert Taft, S.J., from his essay, Liturgy in the Life of the Church: “Now, in the case of Christian Initiation, modern historical research and historical reflection have shown that the universal primitive tradition of both East and West viewed the liturgical completion of […]

Infants Sharing the Lord's Table

by Dave Brown This post was today’s offering on Orthocath’s Blog. I confess that I am a regular reader of this blog, and this post should demonstrate why. Regarding the last statements about Lutherans looking at Orthodoxy, I can confirm this as two of my godsons, former Lutheran pastors/now Orthodox priests, converted over this very […]