[In this font] is born in Spirit-soaked fertility
a brood destined for another City,
begotten by God’s blowing
and borne upon this torrent
by the Church, their virgin mother.
Reborn in these depths they reach for heaven’s realm, ….
the wounds of Christ its awesome source.
Sinner, sink beneath this sacred surf
that swallows age and spits up youth. …
This spring is life that floods the world,
Sinner, shudder not at sin’s kind and number,
for those born here are holy.2
- Consider the thrice-holy name in which you were baptized: Father, Son, Holy Spirit.
- Ask the saints whose names you bear to present you to Jesus.
- Chat with Jesus about how you feel his Spirit has begotten by God’s blowing your Christian life.
- Ask Jesus for grace to be more aware of your baptism and its Christian vocation to live reborn holy.
- Close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. Prayed slowly it helps us appreciate how each thing we ask in prayer then do affects our world.
- 1Peter 2.5.
- Perhaps composed by future Pope St. Leo the Great (+461) during the pontificate of Pope St. Sixtus III. The complete inscription in Latin and translation are on pages 5-6 of this brief illustrated history of the Lateran Baptistry.