Dec 29, 2008

Chloe's Baptism

Chloe had her baptism on Sunday afternoon! We wait about 40 days after birth since tradition says that is when Jesus was presented at the temple. Also 40 is a pretty prevalent number in Christianity. Noah's ark...Jesus fasting in the desert...etc. Choe's middle name is Rebecca and her patron saint is Rebecca wife of Isaac in the Old Testament.

Father Justin says the opening prayers. I do not hold Chloe during the service since her sponsers (or godparents) do that. Chloe and Hannah have Paige and Robert Lush as their sponsers but they had a baby themselves on Christmas Eve so Anna stood in for them.

The dunking! Nerve wracking to watch but it was quick.

She puts on her baptismal gown and tiny cross.

Now she is annointed with oil- chrismated. He says, " The seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit" each place he brushes her.

Now she is tonsured. A tiny bit of hair is cut from the top, sides, and back of her head. Hair is the symbol of strength and is offered to the church.

Now Chloe is "churched" and carried around the nave and up to the royal doors. Overall she did very well and was only a bit fussy as any baby would be. Congratulations Chloe!

The Ryan family.

The Stokes family. We had one with Anna too but she was chopped so we'll have to get one from another camera.

Close-up and everyone is happy.

1 comment:

The Robertson Family said...

I am so glad I got to be at Chloe
s Baptism. It was a very interesting. All of your pictures turned out great!