Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Naked Baptism in the Ancient Liturgy of Jerusalem

[After being symbolically raised from the dead] the candidates are then led into separate rooms for disrobing, a practical necessity which receives a good deal of comment from Cyril. The naked candidates imitate Christ naked on the cross. They are to recall Adam, but, like Adam before the Fall, they are unashamed in their nakedness (MC 1 1.2). The First Adam/Second Adam typology may well be an index of the recovery Pauline theology found in all of the fourth century mystagogues. [John Francis Baldovin, the Liturgy in Ancient Jerusalem p. 17]

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