Remember the Date?

I had missed Pope Francis’s question in his narrative of Mother church last week. This quick news bit drew it out:

I would like to ask each of you here, and you can respond in your heart: how many of you remember the date of your baptism?

I do remember it. But I was eleven at the time.

The original schedule had my siblings and I getting baptized on August 8th. I don’t know why, but there was a delay and the celebration was moved two weeks later, which happened to be my (Protestant) parents’ 25th wedding anniversary.

A few minutes before 3pm that Saturday afternoon, I was slightly worried. I would be on the spot for reciting the Apostles’ Creed pretty soon. I had been going to Sunday Mass for some months at this point. I had the Nicene Creed down pat–that by liturgical osmosis I suppose.

I never felt I was very good at memorizing stuff, and I was slightly concerned the difference in the two versions was going to trip me up. But then the baptistery at St Andrew’s Church provided me a “cheat sheet.” In stained glass no less. When the family and godparents had gathered in the small room off the vestibule, behind Father McCarthy the afternoon sun illuminated a scroll with … the Apostles’ Creed.


I thought that it was important not to “cheat” at the baptism liturgy. I kept my eyes focused on the water in the font (custody of the eyes?) during the recitation of the Creed. It seemed I had memorized it correctly after all and I didn’t mix up the words of the “long format.”

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Remember the Date?

  1. Liam says:

    I was baptized on: Passion Sunday, 19 March 1961, with a commemoration of St Joseph (I think that’s how it worked under the 1954 Roman Calendar then in effect, at least). I was less than one month old. My then-new parish was operating in temporary accommodations. at that time: I was either baptized in the old rectory house or a public school auditorium nearby where the parish was worshipping.

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