Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Oh happy day!
On Sunday 10th January, the church kept the feast of the baptism of Our Lord.
In Rome Pope Benedict XVI baptised 14 babies.
Here in London our own little Marie-Aibhlinn Teresa Benedicta was carried to the waters of baptism and emerged a new soul.
It was exciting and moving and very splendidly done. We are very grateful to our incredibly hardworking and faithful priest Fr Alan, who is constantly labouring in the service of the people of God.
Happily a couple of our guests ( thank you husbands of Elizabeth and Paola!) had the presence of mind to film the rather dramatic dunking.
She seemed more bothered about being undressed than being fully submerged three times. When she came out I thought she would be in a lather of tears and would need a little calming down feed, but she was quiet and quite quickly fell asleep.
Our priest was clearly so deftly confident that I felt rather as though I was handing her over to the doctor. I wasn't anxious, although I was praying that there wouldn't be any nappy accidents. Fr Alan said that it's never happened. Maybe those babies just know that if there is one time in their life not to have a potty emergency, this is it!
And here's another that happens to be the right way up
And then when she was dried off, she was dressed in the gown her daddy wore.
There, happy and content.
And so are we!