In this powerful DVD presentation, a prominent Lutheran pastor and an acclaimed Catholic theologian and priest team to introduce parents, educators, godparents, and family members to the meaning of holy baptism and its role in churches today. They answer common questions:
- Why do we baptize?
- Why did John the Baptist baptize Jesus?
- When did the Church begin baptizing infants?
- What's the role of a godparent?
- How is ritual important?
Authoritative, lively, and full of video examples of baptisms, Pastor Stendahl and Father Scirghi then walk through the "Five essential parts of the ritual of baptism," one-by-one, in detail, explaining what each step means. They answer tough questions that Christians have today about this sacrament, explain what it means to "remember" our baptism, and how, as Christians, our baptism carries us through until our death.
Pastor John K. Stendahl is Pastor of Lutheran Church of the Newtons (ELCA) in Newton Centre, MA.
Father Thomas J. Scirghi, SJ, is Associate Professor of Theology at Fordham University and the author of Everything Is Sacred: An Introduction to the Sacrament of Baptism.