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  • The Life Aquatic – Underwater Ministry

    01/06/2021 6:56:44 AM PST · by Carpe Cerevisi · 8 replies
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | January 6, 2021 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    The Baptism of Jesus is an event that, in many Churches, is passed over in relative silence. At most, they treat it as an act of obedience or humility. Christ is clearly not in need of repentance (He has no sin), and yet He insists that John should baptize Him. The Holy Spirit is seen to descend and rest upon Him at the completion of this act. That, in sum, is almost everything said about His Baptism throughout much of the Christian world. Not so, in Orthodoxy. The feast of Christ’s Baptism (known as Theophany), is one of the three...
  • "Messengers Marking Out the Messiah" (Sermon for the Second Sunday in Advent, on Mark 1:1-8)

    12/05/2020 10:57:45 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 6, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Messengers Marking Out the Messiah” (Mark 1:1-8) In centuries past, in lands where there were kings, when the king was about to go visit various parts of his realm, messengers would be sent out, heralds, to go ahead to each town and announce the soon arrival of that mighty monarch. “The king is coming! Everybody get ready! The king is on his way!” And the people would know what to do. They would clean up any trash littering their town. If there were potholes in the roads, those would get filled in. Got to have everything in order for the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Invalidly baptized Oklahoma priest baptized and ‘re-ordained’

    09/17/2020 8:18:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | September 16, 2020 | Mary Farrow
    [Catholic Caucus] Invalidly baptized Oklahoma priest baptized and ‘re-ordained’  Denver Newsroom, Sep 16, 2020 / 04:08 pm MT (CNA).-  In the second known instance in the United States, a man who believed himself to be a validly baptized Catholic and ordained priest had to “re-receive” all of his sacraments, including ordination, after discovering that his baptism was invalid.Fr. Zachary Boazman, a priest of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, thought he was validly ordained in 2019. But in August, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a doctrinal note, reminding Catholics that baptisms are not valid if the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Papal Baptism of the Conjoined Twins Was a Blessing — and a Puzzle

    08/17/2020 11:57:47 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | August 12, 2020 | Father Raymond J. de Souza
    [Catholic Caucus] Papal Baptism of the Conjoined Twins Was a Blessing — and a Puzzle COMMENTARY: The fact that the 2-year-old girls were not baptized earlier, by someone else, suggests an inexplicable pastoral failure to heed Pope Francis’ stress on the supreme importance of the sacrament. A pastoral puzzle remains. How is it that the pastors, chaplains, doctors and nurses caring for the Bangalo twins in Bangui and in Rome did not see to it that the girls were baptized long before they turned 2 years old? No child in good health should have a baptism delayed for that length...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Sorry, Cdl Cupich, you can’t insist that private baptisms require episcopal approval

    04/02/2020 8:11:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 2, 2020 | Joseph Shaw
    [Catholic Caucus] Sorry, Cdl Cupich, you can’t insist that private baptisms require episcopal approval Church law informs parents that they have an obligation—not just an option—to have their children baptised in the ‘first few weeks’ April 2, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Much has been written about the lack of Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Penance (Confession) in the current public health situation, but I’d like to say something about the Sacrament of Baptism. This will only affect a small number of people, but it has a particular interest because in principle, as we are all taught in Catechism, anyone having...
  • How can pro-life Christians also support capital punishment?

    03/13/2020 11:18:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/13/2020 | Richard Land
    Question: There was a recent New York Times Magazine article about conman Paul Skalnik and how his false testimonies sent dozens to jail and 4 people to death row. In Florida, where death sentencing was/is popular, there have been 29 death-row inmates exonerated by the time of the article's publication. There was also a study that estimated 1 in 25, 4.1 percent, of inmates sentenced to death are innocent. Even if the state kills one innocent person, isn’t that too much? As Christians who talk about killing innocent babies, how can we then go and support capital punishment when there...
  • The Bountiful Blessings of Baptism - A Homily for the Baptism of the Lord

    01/12/2020 10:48:21 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-11-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on January 11, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope The Bountiful Blessings of Baptism – A Homily for the Baptism of the Lord Today’s feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a moment to reflect not only on the Lord’s baptism, but also on our own. For in an extended sense, when Christ is baptized, so are we, for we are members of his body. As Christ enters the water, he makes holy the water that will baptize us. He enters the water and we who are members of his Body go with him. And in these waters...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-12-20, FEAST, The Baptism of the Lord

    01/11/2020 9:37:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-12-20 | Revised New American Bible
    January 12 2020 The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Reading 1 Is 42:1-4, 6-7 Thus says the LORD: Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, upon whom I have put my spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations, not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street. a bruised reed he shall not break, and a smoldering wick he shall not quench, until he establishes justice on the earth; the coastlands will wait for his teaching.I, the LORD, have called you for the...
  • The Final Destruction of Demons – Holy Baptism

    01/03/2020 12:52:06 PM PST · by Carpe Cerevisi · 9 replies
    Ancient Faith Ministries ^ | January 3, 2020 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    “Final” is not a word you often hear in Christian teaching. Most Christians leave the final things until, well, the End. But this is not the language of the fathers nor of the Church. A good illustration can be found in the Orthodox service of Holy Baptism. During the blessing of the waters the priest prays: And grant to [this water] the grace of redemption, the blessing of Jordan. Make it the fountain of incorruption, the gift of sanctification, the remission of sins, the remedy of infirmities; the final destruction of demons, unassailable by hostile powers, filled with angelic might....
  • Teens discover 1500-year-old church that redefines Israeli history

    11/27/2019 12:22:15 PM PST · by robowombat · 18 replies
    Keep the Faith ^ | Wednesday, November 27, 2019 | Wesley Hudson
    Teens discover 1500-year-old church that redefines Israeli history The church was discovered near Israel’s Ramat Beit Shemesh neighbourhood. An excavation, largely completed by teens, unearthed the church which dated back to 543 AD during the time of Emperor Justinian. After three years of detailed digging, archaeologists came across mosaics, pillars, still-intact crypts, and frescoes that at one time came together to form a beautiful church. An inscription indicated the building was complete thanks to the financial support of the Emperor. Excavation director Benjamin Storchan, on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, told CBN News: “Numerous written sources attest to imperial...
  • AFTER SCIENTOLOGY, LEAH REMINI FINDS COMFORT IN RETURN TO CATHOLICISM

    11/06/2015 11:42:49 AM PST · by NYer · 99 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 5, 2015
    Former Scientologist and King of Queens star Leah Remini said she has found “amazing” comfort in returning to the Catholic Church after leaving Scientology two years ago, contrasting Scientology’s abusive policies with Christianity. During an interview with Howard Stern Tuesday morning, the 45-year-old actress said she was so happy to be “reconnecting” to the faith of her childhood.Initially, Stern tried to lump all religions together as equally fanatical, but Remini jumped in, telling the shock jock he was making a big mistake.“I’ve come to the conclusion in my life that all religions are sorta nutty,” Stern said. “And, you know,...
  • Royal baby Archie christened at Windsor Castle

    07/07/2019 12:30:14 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6 July 2019 | Rebecca English
    Just 25 guests were present at the baptism today, which saw Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor christened in a private chapel at Windsor Castle, but the couple only released photographs celebrating with their immediate family. In a touching tribute to Harry's mother, Princess Diana's sisters Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale were prominent in the official picture. In the second image, which was black and white, Meghan was seen gazing into Harry’s eyes as the proud father looked down at Archie, while placing a hand on his wife’s arm.
  • Real pastor holds church in VR, baptises anime girl

    05/21/2019 1:27:01 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 46 replies
    PC Games ^ | 5/20/2019
    Games reach an incredibly diverse set of people across national, linguistic, and social barriers, and that goes for religion, too. Last week, we noted that Ninja was taking meals off-screen out of respect for Ramadan, and it should be little surprise to see religious groups taking up residence inside virtual spaces. One Christian pastor now holds church in VRChat, and that even includes baptisms – no matter how ridiculous a person’s avatar. Pastor D.J. Soto is the subject of a new video from YouTuber Syrmor (via Polygon), and the whole process is equal parts earnest and absurd. Soto describes his...
  • Jesus Does Not Go into the Water Alone; He Takes Us with Him - Reflection ... Baptism of the Lord

    01/13/2019 7:44:17 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-12-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Jesus Does Not Go into the Water Alone; He Takes Us with Him – A Reflection on the Baptism of the Lord Msgr. Charles Pope • January 12, 2019 • Baptism of Christ – Piero Della Francesca (1450) This Sunday’s Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a time to reflect on not only the Lord’s Baptism but our own. In an extended sense, when Christ is baptized, so are we, for we are members of His Body. As Christ enters the water, He makes holy the water that will baptize us. He enters the water and we follow....
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-13-19, FEAST, The Baptism of the Lord

    01/12/2019 7:52:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 50 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-13-19 | Revised New American Bible
    January 13 2019 The Baptism of the Lord Reading 1 Is 42:1-4, 6-7 Thus says the LORD: Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, upon whom I have put my spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations, not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street. a bruised reed he shall not break, and a smoldering wick he shall not quench, until he establishes justice on the earth; the coastlands will wait for his teaching. I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice,...
  • Church of England Introduces Baptism-Style Ceremony for Gender ‘Transitions’

    12/12/2018 6:40:32 PM PST · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/11/18 | Doug Mainwaring
    UNITED KINGDOM, December 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – While the Church of England – the largest Christian denomination in the United Kingdom – is stopping short of calling its newly instituted blessing for “transgenders” a second baptism, priests are being directed to offer baptism-style ceremonies for those announcing their new sexual identity. In a newly issued pastoral guidance, clergy are being told to call men by their new female names, and women by their new male names. The guidance declares, “For a trans person to be addressed liturgically by the minister for the first time by their chosen name may be...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, October 4, 2018 [prayer]

    10/03/2018 11:56:47 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 36 replies
    FreeRepublic.com ^ | October 4, 2018 | FR intercessors
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. —1 John 5:14 Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us in prayer today for mercy and healing for our nation.
  • Evangelists Praise Change in Ex-KKK, Nazi Member Who was Baptized by Black Church

    08/26/2018 8:12:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/26/2018 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Franklin Graham and other evangelists are praising the godly change in a former neo-Nazi and KKK grand dragon who was recently baptized by a black pastor in Florida. Ken Parker, who just a year ago was joining other white supremacists at the so-called Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was recently profiled in a NBC News report that examined the radical change in the man's life. Parker explained his feelings of wanting to protect his race while he was a part of the Ku Klux Klan. But his attitude began to change after he met Pastor William McKinnon III...
  • Why infant baptism?

    08/11/2018 10:24:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 294 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 08-01-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why infant baptism? Practices have shifted for some Christians, but Catholics are with those who hold to infant baptism Msgr. Charles Pope 8/1/2018 Question: Since infant baptism is becoming controversial, why doesn’t the Church abandon the practice or emphasize individualized confirmation for older teens? —Robert Bonsignore,  Brooklyn, N.Y. Answer: I am unaware of any recent controversy about infant baptism in the Church. There have been Protestant groups opposed to infant baptism, but their views stretch back more than 200 years. Ironically today, it is the Baptists and their evangelical offshoots that are most opposed to the practice. But for...
  • Watch: Video shows priest slap baby during baptism

    06/24/2018 3:43:17 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 34 replies
    Fox 8 ^ | 23 Jun 18 | Mattha Busby
    A Reddit user posted video that shows a priest slapping a baby during a baptism. The video, which was also posted on YouTube, has a French title that translates to “A priest slaps an infant during his baptism.” At first, the 43-second video clip shows the priest, who is speaking French, attempting to comfort the crying baby. But when the crying doesn’t stop, the priest slaps the baby in the face. A man and woman, who appear to be the child’s parents, looked shocked by the slap. The woman can be heard saying something to the priest before the man...