- The pouring (which the word means) of water on the recipient of Baptism, when the Baptism is not by immersion. Questions have arisen from the very earliest ages as to the matter and form with which this Sacrament is to be administered. The original mode was undoubtedly by the descent of the person to be baptized into a stream or pool of water. The practice of immersion was not, however, regarded as an essential feature of Baptism. There can be little doubt that affusion was practiced instead of immersion, at the discretion of the Priest, in ancient as well as in modern times. The Prayer Book provides for either mode. The method is a matter of indifference, the essential point being that the candidate for Baptism come into actual contact with water while the words, "I baptize thee in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost," are spoken.
American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. — New York, Thomas Whittaker. William James Miller, M.A., B.D.. 1901.
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affusion — [ afyzjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1546; bas lat. affusio ♦ Procédé thérapeutique consistant à verser de l eau (froide ou chaude) sur une partie du corps. ● affusion nom féminin (latin affusio, de affundere, répandre) Procédé d hydrothérapie consistant à verser … Encyclopédie Universelle
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affusion — [ə fyo͞o′zhən, afyo͞o′zhən] n. [ML affusio < L affusus, pp. of affundere < ad , to + fundere, to pour: see FOUND3] a pouring on, as of water in baptism … English World dictionary
affusion — (a ffu zion) s. f. Terme de médecine. Moyen thérapeutique qui consiste à verser en nappe et seulement de quelques centimètres de hauteur une certaine quantité d eau sur une partie du corps. L affusion diffère de la douche, en ce que, pour celle… … Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré
affusion — noun Etymology: Late Latin affusion , affusio, from Latin affundere to pour on, from ad + fundere to pour more at found Date: 1615 an act of pouring a liquid on (as in baptism) … New Collegiate Dictionary
affusion — /euh fyooh zheuhn/, n. the pouring on of water or other liquid, as in the rite of baptism. [1605 15; < LL affusion (s. of affusio a pouring upon), equiv. to affus(us) (ptp. of affundere; see AF , FUSE2) + ion ION] * * * … Universalium
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