St Hilda Ashford

Symbols of Baptism

The service paints many vivid pictures of what happens on the Christian way. There is the sign of the cross, the badge of faith in the Christian journey, which reminds us of Christ’s death for us. Our ‘drowning’ in the water of baptism, where we believe we die to sin and are raised to new life, unites us to Christ’s dying and rising, a picture that can be brought home vividly by the way the baptism is administered. Water is also a sign of new life, as we are born again by water and the Spirit. This reminds us of Jesus’ baptism. And as a sign of that new life, there may be a lighted candle, a picture of the light of Christ conquering the darkness of evil. Everyone who is baptised walks in that light for the rest of their lives.

Within Baptism we use 3 symbols

Water to wash away the dirt of the world [sin]

Sign of the Cross to show that via Jesus' death and resurrection we can all be saved


Giving of a candle to show that we now are part of "The Light of the World"  -  Jesus.

We are called to bring light into dark places and show the love of God.


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