Today we baptized Kenneth Alexander Ramires into the Family of God. When the famiy arrived and I saw three babies, I had to ask Mrs. Moore if our plans had changed; (they'd already changed once, as I thought there were two to be baptized but learned yesterday that one family had to reschedule), but it was just little Kenneth; the other babies were his primas.
I called all the children in the church to join us around the font so that they could witness the baptism (it can be difficult to see with all those adults in the way!). Little Kenneth was sleeping when I baptized him in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and woke up when the water touched his forehead. He cried, which according to the most ancient traditions, means the demons were leaving him (at one time priests pinched the baby during the baptism to make sure it cried!).
Our organist at the 10:30 am service, Bernie Murray, is on vacation, so Katia Medina played guitar and Ricky Staple and I provided the riddim. At the Offertory we were really cooking during He Decidido Seguir A Cristo (I Have Decided To Follow Jesus) and I finally had to signal an end to the jam as I had to get to the altar and prepare the table, as Padre Cáceres is at campamento with the students from IESC who are performing their Servico Sociál.
It was a very happy, up-beat service, but they usually are at Parroquia Episcopal San Cristóbal.
Antes La Misa
Mrs. Muriel Doyle and Mrs. Milray Barrow
Ms. Annie Wilburne
Las Niñas: Francella, Britanny, and two friends
La Familia y Los Padrinos (Our baptizand is the little one in the middle)
Durante La Misa
El Pacto Bautismal
Acción de Gracias sobre el Agua
Kenneth Alexander, yo te bautizo en el Nombre del Padre,
y del Hijo
y del Espíritu Santo, Amén.
Kenneth Alexander, quedas sellado por el Espíritu Santo en el Bautismo y marcado como propiedad de Cristo para siempre. Amén.
Profesora Katia Medina on guitar
Ricky Staple and Padre propel things along while Profesora Priscilla McQueen helps lead the singing