Sunday, August 2, 2009

Baptism today

A very little boy began his journey of authentic Christian development by reception of Baptism today.

We congratulate Kilda and Sinarasa Antony Brown (pictured on the extreme right and left of the picture) on the baptism of their less-than-two-month-old little son Henry, who is in the arms of his godmother next to the godfather and their son Kevin. The godparents had come over from Switzerland. The Sri Lankan people have quite a diaspora.

The Baptism took place immediately after the Mass at which the family had attended. It was also celebrated in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. This seemed pastorally very beneficial. The parents had already been present at Mass and participated in a Liturgy of the Word. Also, language was a bit of an issue. Since the godparents did not speak English, to have a liturgy of the Word and homily again after Mass would have been a little arduous. The prayers are the most important thing, particularly those prayers of protection from the devil and all harm.

Henry remained absolutely calm and quiet throughout!

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