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Baptized in Christ

Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

In baptism, our identity is established and we are “set apart from all other people and alien religions, that we may wholly belong to [Christ] whose mark and sign we bear” (Belgic Confession, Article 34). Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 26, Question and Answer 70 assures us that “to be washed with Christ’s Spirit means that the Holy Spirit has renewed and sanctified us to be members of Christ…” We therefore are called “to join and unite with it [the church of Christ]” (Belgic Confession, Article 28). This union with Christ shapes our personal identity for all time.


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Additional Prayers

A Prayer of Thanksgiving
Gracious God, you who did not spare your only Son but gave him up for us all, we give you thanks for Jesus Christ. He had not sinned, yet walked into the Jordan for baptism like any sinner. He died for sinners and rose for sinners. We give you thanks that in our baptism we may die with him and rise with him to new life. Surely you are a God of amazing grace through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

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Tune Information

G Major

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Author Information

Father Harry Hagan is a monk at the Benedictine Archabbey of St. Meinrad in Indiana. He serves as the Novice and Junior Master there and teaches courses in Old Testament at St. Meinrad School of Theology. He earned a doctorate at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. A gifted writer, translator and hymn enthusiast, Father Harry is the author of the hymn anthology Awake, My Soul: Hymns for Days and Seasons. For his collection of 24 hymn texts, Harry Hagan suggested early American tunes from Southern Harmony and Sacred Harp, two of the most famous shape-note singing books of the 19th century.  
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