“Suffer Little Children to Come unto Me” Luke 18:16
Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. It is a public statement of one’s intentional decision to follow the way of Jesus.To get a clearer meaning, we look at the New International Version, “But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” Luke 18:16. Also, a depiction of the Holy Spirit can be seen above.
To the right of Jesus a scallop shell is depicted. The shell has become a common symbol of baptism. John the Baptist is often depicted baptizing Christ with water poured from a scallop shell.