On Holy Saturday, April 23, Holy Trinity officially welcomed into our community seven new parishioners through Holy Baptism and Chrismation. May God grant many years to the newly-illuminated servants of God, Benjamin, Dimitri, Joelle, Julia, Laura, Mary, and Virginia!
In the Orthodox tradition, baptism is the participation in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For this reason, baptisms are commonly held in connection with Pascha (Easter). Imitating their Lord and Savior, the baptized person dies to this world and is born again in the resurrection of Christ into eternal life. In the service that follows–Chrismation–the candidate receives “the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 8, 1 Cor. 6, 2 Cor. 1:21-22). This is the “new birth by water and the Holy Spirit” into the Kingdom of God as described in the Gospel of St. John (3:5).