Blessed is He who Went Down and was Baptized in Jordan, and Turned Back the People from Error! – St. Ephraim the Syrian

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Blessed is He who Went Down and was Baptized in Jordan, and Turned Back the People from Error!

St. Ephraim the Syrian

1. In Baptism Adam found again — that glory that was among the trees of Eden. — He went down, and received it out of the water; — he put it on, and went up and was adorned therein. — Blessed be He that has mercy on all!

2. Man fell in the midst of Paradise, — and in baptism compassion restored him: — he lost his comeliness through Satan’s envy, — and found it again by God’s grace. — Blessed be He that has mercy on all!

3. The wedded pair were adorned in Eden; — but the serpent stole their crowns: — yet mercy crushed down the accursed one, — and made the wedded pair goodly in their raiment. — Blessed be He that has mercy on all!

4. They clothed themselves with leaves of necessity; — but the Merciful had pity on their beauty, — and instead of leaves of trees, — He clothed them with glory in the water. — Blessed be He that has mercy on all!

5. Baptism is the well-spring of life, — which the Son of God opened by His Life; — and from His Side it has brought forth streams. — Come, all that thirst, come, rejoice! — Blessed be He that has mercy on all!

6. The Father has sealed Baptism, to exalt it; — and the Son has espoused it to glorify it; — and the Spirit with threefold seal — has stamped it, and it has shone in holiness. — Blessed be He that has mercy on all!

7. The Trinity that is unsearchable — has laid up treasures in baptism. — Descend, ye poor, to its fountain! — and be enriched from it, ye needy! — Blessed be He that has mercy on all!

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