Introduction To The Baptism Of The Holy Fire
Introduction To The Baptism Of The Holy Fire
March 1521, more than 400 years ago, when the Spaniards landed ashore on the tropical island of the Philippines, they introduced the Catholic religion to pacify the heart of the Filipinos. Large scale construction of the Catholic churches can be seen everywhere, In several decades time, there was widespread Christianity, 90% of the Filipinos nationwide accepted the baptism of the holy water and formally became Christian.
By then, everyone realized and learned that there is the Almighty God, there is Mother Mary and Jesus Christ… We are grateful to the Spaniards, they made us understand that when one committed mortal sin, he would eventually go to hell. We all anticipate that when the time comes, all of us can be in heaven with our God.
May I know how many Gods do we have? Is the God of the Filipinos the same as that of the Americans? Of the Japanese? Of the Chinese? But of course! There is only one God. It varies in languages only. Like the Bible, yours and mine are the same, your Bible might be in English or in Filipino version, mine might be in Chinese version; Americans call their God as MY LORD GOD, Filipinos call God as PANGINOON, the Islam call God as ALLAH. Therefore, there is only one God in this world, right? I have a glass of water in my hand, which means water in “ English”, in Spanish it is “agua”, in Filipino it is “tubig”, in Chinese it is “shui”,. But when we drink it, the taste is just the same.
Catholicism spread in the Philippines for four centuries, it is deeply-rooted, flourished and wide spread, it is the national religion. After 400 years, today, God wanted to save more people to bring them back to him, the heavenly mandated enlightened teacher Ji–Gong Living Buddha (濟公活佛) and Yue-Hui Bodhisattva (月慧菩薩).
As long as you are baptized by the Holy Fire, it guarantees that you can emancipate and cease from the cycle of birth and death; Turn ill luck into good; Change your faith and destiny. Majority of us are Catholic, please open your Bible to Matthew 3:11-12 “John said: I indeed baptized you with water for repentance, but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear. He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner, But he will burn up the Chaff with unquenchable fire.”
If you can recall, when you were still a child, your parents brought you to the church to receive the baptism of the Holy Water. Was it the priest who used the Holy Water and baptized you? NO, it was St. John the Baptist through the priest who baptized you. Thus, according to St. John, the one who is coming after me is mightier than I, His winnowing fan is in his hand, who is He?
I now prudently introduce to each and every one of you, our Heavenly Mandated Enlightened Teacher, as assigned by God, emerged by time required: Ji–Gong Living Buddha and Yue-Hui Bodhisattva.
Today, you are here to receive the baptism of the Holy Fire, as our respectful pastor and the staff are all Chinese, during the mass a portion of the ceremony will be using the Chinese language. As in, if you have a chance to go to Spain, attend their mass, the Spaniards priest will use Spanish in conducting the mass. Although you might not understand, but surely you can deeply feel the presence of God…
Whatever your religion is, the baptism of the Holy Fire that you are about to receive will not go in conflict with your original religion, you will remain a Catholic forever. It absolutely has no conflict in you religious beliefs.
Today, in order to be baptized by the Holy Fire, you need to have:
1. i) Introducers—to assure God and Holy teachers that you are righteous and noble and
qualified to be baptized.
ii) Guarantors—guarantee and assure that baptismal of the Holy Fire is true, the principles are true, the Heavenly Decree is true. Similar to your baptismal in Holy Water, you have your godfather(Ninong) and godmother (Ninang).
2. Gratitude Fee—any amount contributed as a token gesture of appreciation serves for noble use, like printing of holy reading materials or donation to the aged home etc. It does not have anything to do with the staff and serves as merits in spiritual foundation.
3. You have to be a one day vegetarian. Why? According to the Bible GENESIS Chapter9:3-1 “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you: Even as the green herb have I given you all things but flesh with the LIFE thereof, which is the BLOOD thereof, shall YE NO EAT”.
Nowadays animals are contaminated: The cows for instance, have mad cow disease, the pigs have foot and mouth disease, the fowls like chicken have bird flu, the water animals like fish have red tide.
Being vegetarian for one day is required. If you realized its rational, you too can eventually become a real vegetarian.
Like baptism of the Holy Water the baptism of the Holy Fire is only ONCE in a lifetime.
After you receive the baptism of the Holy Fire, we are looking forward and hoping you bring your family, relatives and friends and members of your community here to come and receive the baptism of the Holy Fire too! And when the time comes, we can go back to heaven.