God’s love offered “to all people, in all circumstances, always”

October 28, 2013

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From Cranmer’s blog: The Archbishop of Canterbury seized the occasion of Prince George’s baptism to educate the British public about the meaning of the sacrament. In the video below, he says that baptism isn’t just for royal babies but for everyone, because “God’s love is offered without qualification, without price, without cost, to all people, in all circumstances, always.”

Archbishop Justin then cited these fitting words from the prayer book of the Church of Scotland:

For you Jesus Christ came into the world: 
for you he lived and showed God’s love;
for you he suffered the darkness of Calvary
and cried at the last, ‘It is accomplished’;
for you he triumphed over death and rose to new of life;
for you he reigns at God’s right hand.
All this he did for you, though you do not know it yet.

Amen. 

Finally, I like Cranmer’s helpful clarification:

His Grace would just like to add that baptism doesn’t make Prince George a Christian any more than it makes him a future Supreme Governor of the Church of England. In baptism we begin the life of grace within the Church: it is a means of participation in the divine life; the sacrament which unites the Church to the baptism of Christ in the River Jordan, and it is water from that very river which fills the font in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace.

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