The Passover affords a more than usually solemn day for baptism; when, withal, the Lords passion, in which we are baptized, was completed. Nor will it be incongruous to interpret figuratively the fact that, when the Lord was about to celebrate the last Passover, He said to the disciples who were sent to make preparation, “Ye will meet a man bearing water.” 8737 He points out the place for celebrating the Passover by the sign of water. After that, Pentecost is a most joyous space 8738 for conferring baptisms; 8739 wherein, too, the resurrection of the Lord was repeatedly proved 8740 among the disciples, and the hope of the advent of the Lord indirectly pointed to, in that, at that time, when He had been received back into the heavens, the angels 8741 told the apostles that “He would so come, as He had withal ascended into the heavens;” 8742 at Pentecost, of course. But, moreover, when Jeremiah says, “And I will gather them together from the extremities of the land in the feast-day,” he signifies the day of the Passover and of Pentecost, which is properly a “feast-day.” 8743 However, every day is the Lords; every hour, every time, is apt for baptism: if there is a difference in the solemnity, distinction there is none in the grace.
Frequentata, i.e. by His frequent appearance. See Acts i. 3, δι᾽ ἡμερῶν τεσσαράκοντα ὀπτανόμενος αὐτοῖς.678:8741 678:8742 678:8743
Jer. xxxi. 8, xxxviii. 8 in LXX., where ἐν ἑορτῇ φασέκ is found, which is not in the English version.
©st-takla.org : Saint Takla Haymanout Website: General Portal for the Coptic Orthodox Church Faith, Egypt / Contact us at:
Bible | Daily Readings | Agbeya | Books | Lyrics | Gallery | Media | Links | Contact us