Baptism is necessary for salvation (CCC 1257). The baptized person then lives out their vocation by vital participation in the holy liturgy of the Church and exercising his or her baptismal priesthood by the witness of a holy life and practical charity (CCC 1273).
|"I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Dude."|
|Priests and non-priests in the universal gesture of handholding and prayer face making.|
However, architecture in the Church began to reflect the "common priesthood" of "all us folks" over the sacrificial priesthood of Christ. Namely, fonts for baptism grew larger while altars of sacrifice, in size and meaning, grew smaller.
|A baptismal font with a cross slippery slide|
Pay attention to your church and other churches, what object is given precedence? Is it the altar? Is it the baptismal font? Is the pastor the center of the show? Is the choir the main thing? Baptism tells us to "decrease while Christ increases". When we take the Eucharist, we take on fully the Lord. And for this, we are Baptized.
And for your spiritual edification, since it was the 80's that birthed the font-astic explotion, I give you, my production of "Hot Tub Time Machine: Liturgical Edit"-