Baptismal Instructions

By Saint John Chrysostom; Paul W. Harkins | Go to book overview

THE NINTH INSTRUCTION
(Montf. 1 and PK 1)

To Those About to Be Baptized. Why It Is Called Bath of Regeneration and Not the Bath of the Forgiveness of Sins. That It Is Dangerous Not Only to Swear Falsely But Also to Swear, Even If We Take a True Oath.1

1. How I have loved and longed for2 the throng of my new3 brethren! For I call you brothers even now before the hour of your birth, and I rejoice in the kinship between us, even though you have not yet been born. Since I know and well understand to what a great honor and into what a great realm you will be introduced, I will do what people generally do when a man is going to acquire ruling power. Such a man is held in honor by all who have an eye to storing up future good will for themselves by paying court to him even before he actually succeeds to power. Let me do that now, for you will not be introduced into some poor dominion, but into the kingdom itself; not merely into any kingdom, but into the very kingdom of heaven. Therefore, I beg and entreat you to remember me when you come into that kingdom.4

2. As Joseph said to Pharaoh's chief cupbearer: Remember me when it shall be well with thee,5 so I say to you: Remember me when it shall be well with you. I do not ask this, as Joseph did, as a recompense for interpreting a dream.6 I did not come to interpret dreams for you, but to describe the things of heaven and to bring the good tidings of such blessings as eye has not seen nor ear heard, nor has it

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Baptismal Instructions
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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction 3
  • The First Instruction 23
  • The Second Instruction 43
  • The Third Instruction 56
  • The Fourth Instruction 66
  • The Fifth Instruction 80
  • The Sixth Instruction 93
  • The Seventh Instruction 104
  • The Eighth Instruction 119
  • The Ninth Instruction (montf. 1 and Pk 1) 131
  • The Tenth Instruction (papadopoulos-Kerameus 2) 147
  • The Eleventh Instruction (papadopoulos-Kerameus 3) 161
  • The Twelfth Instruction (montfaucon 2) 173
  • Notes 193
  • Indexes 339
  • Indexes 341
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