"'Sanctify this water, that those who are baptized in it may be crucified with Christ, die with him, be buried with him, and rise again through adoptions.' - Apostolic Constitutions (4th Century A.D.)
Baptism is the total immersion in the choking water of death, from which we emerge in the joy of breathing once again, of 'breathing the Spirit'. For the water, changed from lethal into life-giving, embodies the resurrectional power of the Spirit, of which it is a natural symbol."
- Olivier Clement, The Roots of Christian Mysticism