|The Revd Engin Yildirim gives some instruction to the candidate for Holy Baptism|
"Then the priest shall take the child into his hands ... and he shall dip it in the water. But if ... the child is weak, it shall suffice to pour water upon it".
The basic point is that in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism there should be a generous and abundant use of water. Baptism changes the life of the Christian for ever and this should be shown forth in a bold sacramental sign.
In the Turkish-speaking parish of the Resurrection in Istanbul, one recent candidate for baptism expressed a wish to be baptised in the way the Prayer Book stipulates, and a suitable font was found in a small Church for this Sacrament to be celebrated. The candidate was confirmed the next day, along with others baptised and confirmed at the parish Epiphany celebration.
|After the candidate decides to turn to Christ, she is signed with the cross using the oil of catechumens. The sponsor then joins in signing the candidate.|
|The New Life in Christ begins!|