- One of the distinguishing characteristics of the Native Baptist church is immersion baptism.
- She was also known to mock the holy sacrament of baptism by sprinkling water on her mother's head and reciting the appropriate words.
- Given that the church was a state church, the view was that one could not make a purely religious act such as baptism a requirement for church membership.
- Rites of passage include major Catholic ceremonies such as baptisms, first communion, marriage and funerals.
- Recently seven baptisms took place and evangelisation of two neighbouring villages is under way.
- Other attractions around the town will include a display at Keighley Shared Church of the town's original register of weddings, baptisms and funerals, and a letter from John Wesley.
baptism of fire
- A difficult introduction to a new job or activity: the summer tour to Australia was truly a baptism of fireFrom the original sense of 'a soldier's first battle'More example sentences
- Many amateurs jumping to the ‘big show’ encounter extreme difficulties during their baptism of fire.
- The experience proved a classic baptism of fire for MacArthur, who got little sleep and had to force herself to eat, all the time fretting about the record.
- Latham's first big test, his baptism of fire, has shown a man who fights best with his back to the wall.
Middle English: from Old French baptesme, via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek baptismos 'ceremonial washing', from baptizein 'immerse, baptize'.
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