In our series of posts on the early baptismal fonts, we go next to the venerable Franciscan monastery of San Luis Obispo Tlalmanalco to look at its historic font.
|The open chapel baptistry|
Originally placed in an arched baptistry to one side of the grand open chapel, formerly accessible through the church, this monolithic stone basin, now located inside the nave, may be the earliest documented baptismal font extant in Mexico.
Of special interest is the unequivocal Latin quotation from the gospel of St. Mark (16:15) carved around the rim:
Qui crediderit et baptizatus fuerit, salvus erit; qui vero non crediderit, condemnabitur.
Whomever believes and is baptized will be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.