Nicholas James: A Baptism in Photos

Baptism Post

We baptized Nicholas on Saturday, April 16 at 12:00 PM. It was a “private” baptism, in that we didn’t do it as part of the Sunday Mass (which is the norm at our parish). But, this time worked best for everyone, so that’s what we did.

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Slightly awkward moment, when the Father asked “what do you ask of God’s church?”. The answer is “Baptism”, but….. we can never seem to remember that one word.

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{Reading of the Word}

Reading of the Word

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{Scenes from the Homily.. hover over each photo to see caption}

{Anointing with Oil}
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{Blessing over Baptismal Water}
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{Baptism}

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This is the point in the ceremony where I tend to realize just how HUGE of thing we’ve just done.

Especially the part about promising to raise the child in the faith. I think I felt something similar with the first baby we had baptized, but now that we have older kids and I’ve spent some time trying to teach them… everything… I realize just how hard of a task it is that we promise to do.

And I won’t lie, I definitely felt a bit overwhelmed when we spoke those words this time. But as Father so comfortingly pointed out, we’re not alone in this. We have the Godparents and the Church to walk with us.  I remember thinking “thank goodness we have Godparents who have been Catholic longer than we have and have grown kids already and know what they’re doing”.

{Anointing with Chrism of Salvation}
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Probably my favorite picture of the day.

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{Light of Christ}

{Blessing the Mother}
Baptism Post-25There was also a blessing of the Father (and the of all gathered), but no photos of that.

{Comedic Break}
This little guy just barely made it through

{After Photos}

Zachary’s baptism

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All the photos here can definitely fall under the categories of {pretty, happy, fun, real}.

I am so so so happy this day finally came! I really cannot tell you how excited I’ve been that we get to have another baptism!

It was basically a normal baptism. Our parish normally does baptisms on a specific Sunday of the month, but I really wanted my sister to be able to attend and she wasn’t going to be home yet on that specific Sunday. So today was our other available option. 🙂

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It was in the chapel area of our church which is just a beautiful space. If I hadn’t been there for a specific reason, trying to keep three super active kids from climbing all over the altar, while at the same time hoping my mom would find her way into that room through the funeral procession that was finishing up in the main sanctuary I would have tried to take a few more pictures. But, as it was this is what we have.

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After the ceremony we headed out for a late lunch, which was so good, maybe just because I hadn’t eaten lunch, but still.. yum.

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Special thanks to Simon and Yasie for the baptism “gown”, Abby for taking pictures at the ceremony, Dad for paying for the meal after, John and Claudia for taking on the role of godparents and thank you Jesus for allowing us this little soul to raise for your glory!

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Linking up to {p,h,f,r} at Like Mother, Like Daughter

P.S. I did some reorganizing of the blog. There’s still a few things I’d like to tweak, but I like the simplicity of this layout much more. So, yes, things look different, but don’t worry, you’re still in the right place 🙂