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Orthodox Baptism Symbolism & History

Orthodox Baptism Candles

A term used for the Orthodox Baptism is 'Holy Illumination' since it is through this sacrament that Christ, the Light of the World, enters in our hearts.  Candles are lit after the baptism to symbolize this newly acquired Light of Christ which carries us throughout our lives.  The baptized child has opened it's eyes to the light of creation and is called to see all things through the eyes of Jesus Christ.