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"The Baptismal Font of St Stephen's" Top 5 Page for this destination St Stephen's Cathedral Tip by Maryimelda

St Stephen's Cathedral, Brisbane: 19 reviews and 52 photos


The design of the baptismal font is the work of Peter Schipperheyn. Like the High Altar and the Ambo it is made of Carrara marble. The new born child is the symbol of the new Christian who after immersion in the baptismal font will become a part of the family of the Church.
The water forms a wide arc and is directed at the Tabernacle which stands in the adjoining Blessed Sacrament Chapel. This is to symbolise the unity of connection between baptism, confirmation and frst communion. These are all initiation sacraments of the Cathlic Church.

There is a poem written into the floor close to the font which was taken from Pope Sixtus III describing the baptismal theme of the church as mother. It can also be found on the walls of the bapistery of the Lateran Basilica in Rome:

"Here a people of godly race are born for heaven; the Spirit gives them life in the fertile waters. The Church-Mother, in these waves, bears her children like virginal fruit she has conceived by the Holy Spirit. "

Address: Elizabeth Street, Brisbane
Phone: +61 7 3224 3111

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  • Updated Apr 30, 2010
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