During our trip to CA in September we had Elena baptized! We moved to Colorado when Elena was only 2.5 weeks old and we didn't quite have a community or exact parish established yet. We decided to take the opportunity of our trip to see family in early September as a chance to get Elena baptized surrounded by family and friends. Regina was also baptized at the same parish! (It also happens to be the same parish where Fernando proposed to me in Adoration!!)
The church was fairly dark with not great lighting so the pictures didn't turn out great, quality-wise. But it's documenting the moment that counts! ;)
Matthew and Renee Toups are Elena's Godparents. They were not able to make it for the Baptism, but my parents "stood in proxy" for them. Matthew was Fernando's best man at our wedding and his best friend since college!
Elena taking a nap on grandpa before her Baptism!
the big cousins hanging out before the Baptism
all the cousins minus Elena
my momma and I
Elena being anointed with the Chrism
The prayer the priest says at this time is:God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has freed you from sin, given you a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and welcomed you into his holy people. He now anoints you with the chrism of salvation. As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so may you live always as a member of his body, sharing everlasting life.
Blessing over the Baptismal water
"Father, you give us grace through sacramental signs, which tell us of the wonders of your unseen power. In baptism we use your gift of water, which you have made a rich symbol of the grace you give us in this sacrament. At the very dawn of creation your Spirit breathed on the waters, making them the wellspring of all holiness. The waters of the great flood you made a sign of the waters of baptism, that make an end of sin and a new beginning of goodness.
Through the waters of the Red Sea you led Israel out of slavery, to be an image of God's holy people, set free from sin by baptism. In the waters of the Jordan your Son was baptized by John and anointed with the Spirit. Your Son willed that water and blood should flow from his side as he hung upon the cross.
After his resurrection he told his disciples: "Go out and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." Father, look now with love upon your Church, and unseal for her the fountain of baptism. By the power of the Spirit give to the water of this font the grace of your Son. You created man in your own likeness: cleanse him from sin in a new birth to innocence by water and the Spirit."
Father Leatherby touched the water with his right hand and said:
We ask you, Father, with your Son to send the Holy Spirit upon the water of this font. May all who are buried with Christ in the death of baptism rise also with him to newness of life. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
"Elena Carmen, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
After Elena was baptized we put on her white garment.
Elena Carmen, you have become a new creation, and have clothed yourself in Christ. See in this white garment the outward sign of your Christian dignity. With your family and friends to help you by word and example, bring that dignity unstained into the everlasting life of heaven.
God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has freed you from sin, given you a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and welcomed you into his holy people. He now anoints you with the chrism of salvation. As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so may you live always as a member of his body, sharing everlasting life. AMEN.
"Parents and godparents, this light is entrusted to you to be kept burning brightly. This child of yours has been enlightened by Christ. She is to walk always as a child of the light. May she keep the flame of faith alive in her heart. When the Lord comes, may she go out to meet him with all the saints in the heavenly kingdom."
God the Father, through his Son, the Virgin Mary's child, has brought joy to all Christian mothers, as they see the hope of eternal life shine on their children. May he bless the mother of this child. She now thanks God for the gift of her child. May she be one with her in thanking Him for ever in heaven, in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God is the giver of all life, human and divine. May he bless the father of this child. He and his wife will be the first teachers of their child in the ways of faith. May they be also the best of teachers, bearing witness to the faith by what they say and do, in Christ Jesus our Lord.