Baptismal Font

The basin used to administer baptisms may be either permanent or semi-permanent and is called the baptismal font.

Recent building of churches has placed this font near the entrance to the church.  This is a clear reminder that the sacrament of Baptism is the entryway into the community of the people of God, the first of all sacraments to be received.

The location of the font near the entrance also allows people upon entering to dip their fingers into the water to bless themselves in order to recall their baptism.

Other norms of church construction places the font near the sacred area, or sanctuary, so that it will have a useful place in the participated liturgy.  Holy water fonts, when placed at the entrance of the church, also permits one to bless and recall one’s baptism.  (9:52)