Abby’s Public Baptism

February 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm (Genealogy/Family)

In the Name

Jan. 29th 2012, my daughter, Abigail Bartlett, was baptized at St. Luke’s by Fr. Penfield and Deacon Vogel. The Deacon’s wife, Mrs. Vogel, was our Godmother. Abby’s Godfather was my brother. Our second Godmother couldn’t attend (as she was in her 48th week of pregnancy) but was added to the certificate nonetheless. Mrs. Vogel presented Abby her Christian name to the Priest, and the Godparents tendered their sureties for Abigail’s sake. It was a lovely baptism, and Amanda and I are so happy Abby is now part of Christ’s body.  We look forward to raising her growing into a kind and gracious woman, good and wise for a gentle husband, and someday a family of her own. Even more expecting are the days ahead where she will discover the world that God made for her, experiencing the excitement of new and wonderful things this life offers.

Godparents and Mommy

The baptismal rite was from the 1928 BCP which compared to the 1662 is slightly abbreviated. I was very concerned that the Godparents (and congregation) understand their charge, so I requested the exhortation found at the end of the 1662 rite to be added. This actually worked out well, as it reiterated and summed earlier points, providing a tidy conclusion. The baptism occurred on Sunday, and I was a bit saddened that we couldn’t integrate the martyrdom of King Charles I into the service, including his collect, the collect for the third Sunday after Epiphany, and one in general for baptism together with a mentioning in the sermon. Thinking of the King Martyr, Charles I offers a picture of the end of mortal faith while Abby’s baptism might be said a beginning or starting point. Charles I indeed held to the end. But this might have been too much.  Meanwhile, the Reverend Penfield reproduced the modified baptismal liturgy as an insert to the service booklet, allowing folks to take the Godparenting vows and words of blessing home with them. The 1662 Godparenting vow asks,

“FORASMUCH as this Child hath promised by you his sureties to renounce the devil and all his works, to believe in God, and to serve him: ye must remember, that it is your parts and duties to see that this Infant be taught, so soon as he shall be able to learn, what a solemn vow, promise, and profession, he hath here made by you. And that he may know these things the better, ye shall call upon him to hear Sermons; and chiefly ye shall provide, that he may learn the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Command-ments, in the vulgar tongue, and all other things which a Christian ought to know and believe to his soul’s health; and that this Child may be virtuously brought up to lead a godly and a Christian life; remembering always, that Baptism doth represent unto us our profession; which is, to follow the example of our Saviour Christ, and to be made like unto him; that, as he died, and rose again for us, so should we, who are baptized, die from sin, and rise again unto righteousness; continually mortifying all our evil and corrupt affections and daily proceeding in all virtue and godliness of living.”

mommy’s kiss of peace

Upon the Baptism, Abigail had recently arrived at her third month. Abigail has been a happy and healthy baby, getting nice and chubby. She wants to skip crawling and go straight for walking. She loves people, just like her mommy, but sometimes gets confused between play and eating-time which can frustrate her, and can lead to crankiness and sudden falling asleep. Abby is also trying to talk, and she makes the cutest sounds. She never misses church, and our last worship with her, on Candlemas, she was blessed for healing since she had a slight cold. During the blessing, she made the sweetest smile.

my folks and brother

We also did a Churching after Childbirth back in October. Amanda has quit her security job, and is now a full-time, at-home wife/mommy. There’s more to say about this, and I’ll share it soon. Otherwise, my Dad still comes to church with us, mostly for communion on the first Sunday of the month, but he just had his 95th birthday! I tell my family we have the “oldest and the youngest” at St. Luke’s. My father remains healthy but needs lots of help walking and, of course, still struggles with Parkinson’s. We’ve been in and out of the hospital a lot this year, and often it’s a day-by-day struggle to help my father keep his nutrition and strength. But we are blessed to have both Abby and Jim with us this last year, and every week and day that passes where both our father and baby are with us we are happy. Though we often worry, but God has  been very kind. We are all thankful for these miracles, even if one day or hour only. Abby is growing, and my father has been with us even longer than we expected. The Lord’s Name be Praised.

Good Morning !


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