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Lois’ Christening

Our sweet Lois Lee was welcomed into the family of God on 4 August 2013. It was a beautiful and special day. We hired photographer -Anne Bryant Solomon- to help us document the day. We will make a book full of pictures for Lois to have, along with a copy of the baptismal liturgy and the banner given to her by our church.

Our hope is to celebrate the anniversary of this wonderful new birth with her every year – maybe open the photo book, bring out the banner, pray over her with the holy water saved from her baptismal font. It was a very special day for us and we appreciate all of our friends and family who showed up to take that sweet vow of commitment to Lois. 

From the Liturgy: 

Deliver Lois, O Lord, from the way of sin and death

Open Lois’ heart to your grace and truth

Fill Lois with your holy and life-giving Spirit

Keep Lois in the faith and communion of your holy Church

Teach Lois to love others in the power of the Spirit

Send Lois into the world in witness to your love

Bring Lois to the fullness of your peace and glory

Grant, O Lord, that all who are baptized into the death of Jesus Christ your Son may live in the power of his resurrection and look for him to come again in glory; who lives and reigns now and for ever. Amen

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Bath Time Baptism

As a follow up to my post about the Mystery of Baptism – I wanted to include a few thoughts about how to engage your children and family in this wonderful sacrament.

Washing your child by hand when they are at their filthiest is a powerful lesson – a sacrament of grace and the Lord’s presence – for you and for your child.

Bring your full awareness of your own baptism and of the cross to bath time every once in a while. Occasionally remind your child, “When you are this filthy – it is my joy and my duty to clean you well with my own hands.” This is, after all, exactly what the Lord says to you when you come to Him for forgiveness. It was His response at your salvation.

When you wash your child, enter the mind of God and connect with His joy at cleansing you. What is it He whispers to you  as you are cleaned? Can you say this to your child? Can you give him or her a seed experience that, while it may not make sense yet, will one day blossom into an experience to help them engage the mystery of their salvation and baptism?

 “Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow” Psalm 51:7