For You, Little Child

“Little child, for you Jesus Christ has come, He has fought, He has suffered. For you He entered into the shadows of Gethsemane and the terror of Calvary; For you He uttered the cry ‘it is finished.’ For you He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, and there for you He intercedes. For you, even though you do not know it, little child, but in this way the Word of the Gospel is made true, ‘We love Him because He first loved us.'”

– from the French Baptismal Form for infants, as quoted by Thomas Trouwborst in his essay “From Covenant to Chaos”

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