Category Archives: Rite of Baptism

On Some Wisconsin Baptisms

I notice that the Diocese of Madison issued a press release last Friday to inform the general public about its practice of baptizing children of same-sex couples. A priest I know (in another diocese), when he was requested to preside at such … Continue reading

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1 of 32 Baptisms

I was reading of Pope Francis’ baptism liturgy yesterday. Of the 64 parents, all were married, but only 62 under Church auspices. Cue the wringing of hands. I can see this is a problem for some, as I review a … Continue reading

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Treating Baptism

Baptism is a responsibility for anyone who chooses it. Converts, committed Christians, and even parents and godparents. Pope Francis has some thoughts today that struck me: As he has done on a couple of occasions before, the Pope asked those … Continue reading

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Baptism at Sunday Eucharist

From the East balcony, a view over our narthex and the Rite of Baptism as celebrated at a recent Sunday Mass. What’s interesting is that over the past fourteen years, no young person or anybody else for that matter, needs … Continue reading

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Baptisms In Lent

I noticed that the question came up in Zenit’s weekly liturgy Q&A column. Fr McNamara’s assessment, after quoting the relevant documents: Therefore, there is no universal rule that would forbid the practice of baptism during Lent. However, given that Lent … Continue reading

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RBC 30-31: Adapting for Other Circumstances

With this post, we conclude our look at the introduction to the RBC. Some local adaptations are described: 30. If baptism is celebrated during Mass on weekdays, it is arranged in basically the same way as on Sunday, but the … Continue reading

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RBC 29: Adapting for Sunday Mass

Let’s look at Baptism during Sunday Mass. Remember that after the Easter vigil, Sunday is the preferred day for baptism, either at Mass or outside of it. I had not noted this adaptation, that during Ordinary Time or Christmas, you … Continue reading

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RBC 27-28: Adaptations by the Minister

Subheading VI details adaptations by the minister. These entail a careful look at two things: the preparation meetings (note the rite presumes more than one–a rarity, I’d say) and how to handle infant or young child baptism amidst the complexities … Continue reading

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RBC 23-26: Episcopal Adaptations

Subheading V covers “Adaptations by Conferences of Bishops or by Bishops” 23. In addition to the adaptations provided for in the General Introduction (nos. 30-33), the baptismal rite for infants admits other variations, to be determined by the conferences of … Continue reading

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RBC 20-22: Shorter Rite

When a catechist or other episcopal appointee baptizes, much of the ritual remains in place up to the washing: 20. In the shorter rite of baptism designed for the use of catechists, [See SC 68.] the reception of the children, … Continue reading

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RBC 18-19: Rites of Baptism, Conclusion

Getting to the Baptism ritual itself: 18. In the celebration of the sacrament: The immediate preparation consists of: the solemn prayer of the celebrant, which, by invoking God and recalling his plan of salvation, blesses the water of baptism or … Continue reading

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RBC 15-17: The Full Rite, Reception, and Word

With the following sections, the RBC Introduction looks at the rite itself. Ordinarily, the whole rite is celebrated; no shortcuts: 15. Baptism, whether for one child, or for several, or even for a larger number, should be celebrated by the … Continue reading

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RBC 10-14: Where To Baptize

First, you need a baptismal font. No preference on a birdbath or a hot tub though: 10. So that baptism may clearly appear as the sacrament of the Church’s faith and of incorporation into the people of God, it should … Continue reading

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RBC 8-9: When To Baptize

The question often comes up. here’s what the rite says: 8. As for the time of baptism, the first consideration is the welfare of the child, that it may not be deprived of the benefit of the sacrament; then the … Continue reading

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RBC 6-7: Godparents and Ordinary Minister

We continue with an examination of the Rite of Baptism for Children: 6. Each child may have a godfather (patrinus) and a godmother (matrina), the word “godparents” is used in the rite to describe both. Largely interpreted that a child … Continue reading

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