~ YEAR OF FAITH ~
‘Baptism is God’s most beautiful & magnificent gift… We call it gift, grace, anointing, enlightenment, garment of immortality, bath of rebirth, seal and most precious gift. It is called gift because it is conferred on those who have nothing; grace since it is given even to the guilty; Baptism because sin is buried in water; anointing for it is priestly & royal as are those who are anointed; enlightenment because it radiates light; clothing since it veils our shame; bath because it washes; and seal as it is our guard & the sign of God’s Lordship.’
St Gregory of Nazianzus
Catechism Of the Catholic Church Article 1216
Almighty and ever-living God, you sent your only Son into the world to cast out the power of Satan, spirit of evil, to rescue us from the kingdom of darkness, and bring us into the splendour of your kingdom of light. We pray that filled with the Holy Spirit, we may live as your children, temples of your glory. Amen.