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At Easter, Hampton Roads residents undergo spiritual rebirth through baptism

At Easter, Hampton Roads residents undergo spiritual rebirth through baptism

While Easter today is often associated with brightly colored eggs, bunny rabbits and new spring outfits, for Christians in the early church, the holiday was traditionally associated with baptism. The practice of baptism at Easter may go back as early as the second century, and people wishing to join the church traditionally spending the Lenten season preparing and studying. In tying baptism to Easter, when Christians believe Jesus was resurrected to life after being put to death on a cross, the act symbolizes a new spiritual life for those joining the church, the Christian Resource Institute says. Traditions have changed in the centuries since, with many churches opting to baptize...

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