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Traditions and anecdotes concerning baptism

Symbols for Baptism


Water is a symbol of life. Our life originated from water, which was there from the beginning. Water gives life, it cleanses and refreshes. Water also can threaten life, can even extinguish it.

As symbol for baptism water means: The old has died (Luther: ”Adam has been drowned.”), you have become a new person.

The Cross

The cross is the symbol of Christianity. It reminds us of death and resurrection of Jesus.

As a symbol at baptism the cross tells us: Because of Jesus Christ God will be with you in life and death.

The Fish

In early Christianity the fish was a secret sign to recognize other Christians. In the Greek language the letters of the word ‛Ichthys’ (in English ‘fish’) form an abbreviation of the creed ’Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior’.

As a symbol at baptism the fish means: I believe in Jesus Christ.

The dove

The dove is a symbol for God’s spirit. His spirit gives us courage, ideas, and love for peace.

As a symbol at baptism the dove means: You can experience good things and you can do good things, because the Holy Spirit fills your heart and mind.

The Candle

The candle is a symbol for the light shining in darkness. It reminds us of Jesus and his saying: ”I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

As a symbol at baptism the candle means: The light of God will be with you even in times of darkness.

Alpha and Omega

Alpha and Omega, the first and the last letter in the Greek alphabet, are symbols for God’s eternity.

At baptism they remind us: All that has been and all that will be is in God’s hands.

The Christ-Monogram

The Greek letters X and P, written into each other, are symbols for the first three letters of the word ”Christ”.

As a symbol at baptism, the Christ-monogram means: baptism makes you a member of the worldwide Christian community.

Graphics on this page: Marc Vogelsang, EMSZ der Ev.-luth. Landeskirche Hannovers