Welcome to Saint Catherine Orthodox Church
Vacation Bible School July 7th - July 11, 2014
On Monday and Tuesday, Father Dennis Buck gave all the VBS participants a lively description of how and why the Orthodox Church baptize all ages, and yes, especially infants. Participating youth took on the roles of Parents, God Parents and even a cloud of witnesses. They learned why particular prayers are done three times, hikes around the baptismal font are done three times and why the baptized are dunked three times. All of this and even the cutting of the newly baptized hair is done in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Although there are no direct examples of infants being baptized in the Bible, there are numerous indirect references.
"Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.'" Matthew 19:14 (Note: Christ clearly says that baptism is necessary for salvation. "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved" Mark 16:16).
"People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.'" Luke 18:15-17 (Note: Here the people bring their infants to the Christ in the hope that He will bless them. A blessing is understood by the Church to mean an impartation of grace. Thus, the reception of grace is not dependent on an "age of reason".)
"Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2:38-39
THANKS TO http://orthodoxwiki.org/Infant_baptism for this information