The baptismal font is the place for initiation of new members into the community of faith, and it is also the place where worshippers dip a hand into the water and make the sign of the cross as a reminder of their baptismal identity that continues to be shaped by worship and the communitys life together. Displayed above the baptismal font are the holy oils used in rites of baptism, confirmation, and anointing the sick.
The edge of the Baptismal Font reads:
"No Barrier can divide where life unites: one faith, one fount, one spirt, makes one people."
St. John Lateran Basilica 5th century