BAPTISM ENTRANCE INTO THE ORTHODOX FAITH
When you were baptized in the Jordan Lord, The adoration of the Trinity was manifest
The voice of the Begetter bore witness to you, Calling you His own beloved Son.
The Spirit appeared in the form of a dove, Confirming the certainty of the word.
You have appeared, Christ our God,
And illumined the whole world.
Glory to you!
We refer to ourselves as Orthodox Christians because we were either born into the faith, or we chose Orthodoxy as the True Church, wherein is found the True Christ. Herein are important things worth considering about and discussing. The Jews identified themselves as being Jews by the particular mark which the Lord instituted as their identification, showing them to be different than the Gentiles, that mark being circumcision. This means that the Jews, as a nation, were marked and cut out, (circumcised) chosen apart from the rest of mankind, which helped to keep them away from worshiping their idols and false gods, or from marrying their women, or following their diet. The law of circumcision was also a mark of their covenant with God which dated back to Abraham. The Jews did not intermix with the gentiles and usually referred to them as the uncircumcised.