On this day four years ago we brought Isabella to Immaculate Conception Church in Salem, MA and asked that she be baptized. I believe it was Trinity Sunday, which is why Father Murphy is wearing gold vestments. (A nice feast to be baptized on, I did think!)
This morning I brought Isabella, Sophia, and Benedict to Mass with me. (We arrived a little late, during the responsorial psalm.) They all behaved beautifully
Today was the Fest of the Sacred Heart. The readings focused on Jesus as the Good Shepherd. By coincidence I’d brought a board book for Ben about the Good Shepherd. He shrieked at it all through Mass.
After Mass we asked Father R to give Isabella a special blessing. It was at her request; but she clammed up and refused to say anything to him. Still, he’s so wonderful with kids. He knelt down to be at her level and he said a beautiful prayer for her. She was glowing, even if too shy to speak.
We came home and made chocolate chip cookies. Mmmm….. The girls helped lick beaters and bowls and ate some chocolate chips. Of course.
After dinner we lit Isabella’s baptismal candle and renewed our baptismal promises. It was so sweet hearing Bella and Sophie add their voices to the chorus of “I do”.
I got the idea from Mike Aquilina. I’ve been reading Love in the Little Things: Tales of Family Life.
The day before yesterday, the chapter I read was about his family’s celebration of baptismal days and he mentioned that in addition to lighting their baptismal candles, they renew their promises. I thought it would make a lovely addition to our family’s ritual. It did.
We didn’t, however, follow his other advice to read Scripture passages relating to baptism. Maybe next year when the girls are a bit older.
We sang an Alleluia and then, at Bella’s request, the first verse of Amazing Grace.
Then we ate our chocolate chip cookies made into ice cream sandwiches.
They were messy but very good. Sophie got a bit distressed by the drips.
Then we gave Bella a couple of presents: a coloring book of the life of St Francis and a little Holy Spirit medallion.
Bella put on the necklace at once and then began to color.
It didn’t take much preparation or planning to create a meaningful ritual in our domestic church. I hope and pray that this tradition will help create good memories and strengthen my children for the battles they will face, help them learn to cling to their baptismal promises in all of life’s tough situations.