The Rite continued
ROBFC 77. The celebrant speaks these words to the parents: “You have asked to have your child baptized. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training him (her) in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring him (her) up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor. Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?” Do you? Did you? Did you realize this meant coming to Mass every Sunday with your child? Teaching your child to pray? Explaining the liturgy to them? Teaching your child how to respect others and themselves? Notice what’s mentioned are only the two commandments that Jesus gave us, not the ten given to Moses. The reason being is that when the Ten Commandments of God are broken down, there are only these two. By doing just these two all the others fall into place and are kept. The parents respond, “We do”. (Loud enough for all present to hear) 78. Then the celebrant turns to the godparents and addresses them: “Are you ready to help the parents of this child in their duty as Christian parents?” THIS is a very big deal. Parents should choose godparents carefully. Many times this is not the case. This is a huge spiritual responsibility being undertaken. The godparents should want the best for the child spiritually. The choice should be based on the fact that the people chosen are practicing Catholics. Yes, PRACTICING! They should be active in the Christian community. Sometimes I have a couple whose closest friends are not Catholic, but are still practicing Christians. In a case like this they can’t be listed as Godparents on the Baptism certificate, but they can be Christian witnesses. This is very important also. Put simply, they should want what’s best spiritually for the child and the parents, to help the parents as Christians. They should be familiar with the Catholic faith, concerned whether the parents are going to church, receiving Christ in the Eucharist, etc. The godparents respond, “We are”. (Loud enough for all present to hear) 79. The celebrant continues: “N (child’s name), the Christian community welcomes you with great joy. In its name I claim you for Christ our Savior by the sign of his cross. I now trace the cross on your forehead, and invite your parents and godparents to do the same.” Wow! This is the first symbol of baptism. This is also where I’ll leave off.
Until next time…may Jesus keep you smiling, may God’s grace shine on you and always pray for our priests, especially our pastor! Love ya!