Blessed is He Who atoned your sins

HOW shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Romans 6:2-4.

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The river Swale at Catterick. © Rob Bainbridge, Geograph. Used under licence.

The river Swale at Catterick in North Yorkshire, where St Bede indicates St Paulinus used to baptize before there were any permanent churches (Eccl. Hist. II.14). © Rob Bainbridge, Geograph. Used under licence. Click for original.

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I always welcome passages from the Fathers which remind me that Baptism is a mystery which keeps on giving to us every day of our lives, not something past and finished with.

AFTER the dignity of adoption the devil plots more vehemently against us, pining away with envious glance, when he beholds the beauty of the new-born man, earnestly tending towards that heavenly city, from which he fell: and he raises up against us fiery temptations, seeking earnestly to despoil us of that second adornment, as he did of our former array.

When we are aware of his attacks, we ought to repeat to ourselves the apostolic words,

“As many of us as were baptized into Christ were baptized into His death”.

Now if we have been conformed to His death, sin henceforth in us is surely a corpse, pierced through by the javelin of Baptism.

St Gregory of Nyssa, On The Baptism of Christ (CCEL).

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HE who journeys through the desert,
as armour takes to himself water
against all-conquering thirst.
Go ye down to the fountain of Christ,
receive life in your members,
as armour against death.

Blessed is He Who atoned your sins,
that ye might receive His Body worthily!

Again, the diver brings up
out of the sea the pearl.
Be baptized and bring up from the water
purity that therein is hidden,
the pearl that is set as a jewel
in the crown of the Godhead.

Blessed is He Who atoned your sins,
that ye might receive His Body worthily!

Sweet water in his vessel
the seaman lays up as a store;
in the midst of the sea he lays up and keeps it,
the sweet in the midst of the bitter.
So amidst the floods of sin,
keep ye the water of Baptism.

Blessed is He Who atoned your sins,
that ye might receive His Body worthily!

The woman of Samaria said to our Lord,
“Lo! verily the well is deep.”
Baptism though it be high,
in its mercy has stooped down with us:
for the atonement is from above
that has come down unto sinners.

Blessed is He Who atoned your sins,
that ye might receive His Body worthily!

“He that drinks the water that I shall give him,
verily never again shall he thirst.”
For this holy Baptism,
for it be ye athirst, my beloved;
never again shall ye be athirst,
so that ye should come to another baptism.

Blessed is He Who atoned your sins,
that ye might receive His Body worthily!

St Ephraim the Syrian, “Fifteen Hymns for the Feast of the Epiphany”, No. VII. Translation from CCEL.

You can find more at Wikipedia on St Paulinus (+644), first Bishop of York.

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