This volume includes not only a theological and historical introduction to the history of Christian baptism, but also an English translation of two treatises by St. Basil the Great on both baptism and confirmation. Francis Kenrick discusses the mystery or sacrament of baptism from the days of John the Baptist to the later Christian era, covering topics of interest such as the necessity of baptism, the baptism of infants, and the various baptismal modes. The treatises from St. Basil cover both Christian baptism and the rite of confirmation or chrismation.
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- Historical investigation of the mystery or sacrament of Christian baptism
- English translation of St. Basil’s treatise on baptism
- Additional treatise on the rite of confirmation
- Baptism of John
- Christian Baptism
- Apostolic Practice
- Objections of the Friends
- Original Sin
- Necessity of Baptism
- Effects of Baptism
- Origin of Baptists
- Baptism of Infants
- Modes of Baptism
- Meaning of the term baptize
- Apostolic precedents
- Dispositions for Baptism
- Ceremonies of Baptism
- Exhortation to Baptism, by St. Basil the Great
- Treatise on Confirmation, Chapter 1: Divine Institution
- Treatise on Confirmation, Chapter 2: Rites of Confirmation
- Title: A Treatise on Baptism and A Treatise on Confirmation
- Authors: St. Basil the Great and Francis P. Kenrick
- Translator: Francis P. Kenrick
- Publisher: King and Baird
- Publication Date: 1843
- Pages: 261
About the Authors
St. Basil the Great (330–379) was bishop of Caesarea and an influential figure in the fourth century Church. The Orthodox Church reveres him as one of the Three Holy Hierarchs (along with Ss. Gregory Nazianzus and John Chrysostom), and he is commemorated on January 1. He is best known for his monastic Rule as well as his monumental Treatise on the Holy Spirit. His homilies on the six days of creation (Hexaemeron) as well as on the Psalter are also treasured. The Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great, used in the Orthodox Church throughout Great Lent, as well as on other specific feast days, is also attributed to him.
Francis Patrick Kenrick (1796–1863) was an Irish Catholic cleric. He served as the bishop of Philadelphia as well as Archbishop of Baltimore.