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Baptism (kreshenie) in the Russian language sounds like cross (krest). This is fortunate consonance, for al though the visible action of baptism is submersion, its essence is a co-crucifixion with Christ on the inner, spiritual cross. The Apostle Paul says: our old man is crucified with him in baptism (Rom. 6:6). This is not some sort of mechanical act, but a moral change, or a revolution of thoughts, goals, desires, and sym pathies. Before, all of these were stained with self-pleasure; now all are selflessly dedicated to God, in Christ Jesus, by the grace of the Holy Spirit. [If you were baptized as an infant] you will say, “I didn’t under stand that when I was baptized.” Now you understand; set it in your conscience to carry out the meaning of baptism, for your baptism is in delible. Even at the judgement its seal will be visible either for you, or against you.
Saint Theophan the Recluse