Sunday, February 03, 2008

Marked as Christ's Own

This morning Bishop Katharine preached on the Transfiguration of Jesus. She called it a "revealing moment" when God shone forth as a reminder that we are all beloved of God. She then proceeded to baptize Baby Z and Little L. M2 was so generous - letting the Godmother's (Moi and LG) hold the babies. We processed in carrying them and held them through out the service, including the baptism when Bishop Katharine poured water over their tiny heads. We used the baptism liturgy from the New Zealand Prayer Book. It was amazing. Here are some photos....

Bishop Katharine processing in:


I Will With God's Help...


I baptize you in the name of...(Baby Z)


M2 with Baby Z, Bishop Katharine, Moi with Little L, LG


Baby Z has sleep apnea (common with preemies) so, she is on a monitor...

26 comments:

Songbird said...

It sounds like a truly blessed and beautiful day!

Mary Beth said...

For some reason these have me sobbing! Joyously!

Beautiful, wonderful, happy, glorious, bright, colorful, Spirit filled, loving, family and community day.

Thank you so much for sharing!

mompriest said...

Trust me, I cried a bit myself...it was a joyous, beautiful day!

Jan said...

What a blessed event! I like Bishop Katherine the more I hear and see her. Thank you for the wonderful pictures. (Your hair is long!)

Jiff said...

Oh! Bliss!
Thank you for sharing such wonder with us...

Presbyterian Gal said...

Thank you so much for sharing the pictures! What a happy day. Praise be to God!

Rev SS said...

I echo all the expressions of gratitude for the pictures and of tears of joy shared with you. I'm also very green that you have not only met Bishop Katherine (one of my all-time heroines), but shared a baptism and worship service with her. What a blessed day!

mompriest said...

SS - really...I know just how awesome this day was...I give thanks to the vicar of St. N who invited M2 to have her babies baptized - a real act of generosity - for M2, us, and I think for the PB who doesn't get to do a lot of baptisms these days...really awesome!

RevDrKate said...

Oh WOW! Such joy to welcome these two beloved little ones into the community. And I'm confessing right up there with Serena! You all look very joyful to be doing what your are doing on this wonderful day. Very awesome. Thanks for sharing it all with us.

Barbara B. said...

Wow!!! What they all said! How wonderful!

Deb said...

I think some day it will not be so remarkable that women bishops baptize children... until then, we just keep celebrating and cherishing the remarkable moments.

How wonderfuL!

Deb

Mother Laura said...

Congratulations! What a wonderfully joyous day, and thanks so much for the pictures.

Katie was also baptized on Transfiguration Sunday five years ago(well, the Saturday before in a special service) and yesterday was Nicholas' birthday, so we were celebrating too.

Grace thing said...

I LOVE the pictures!!!! And I love the New Zealand Prayer Book. You look radiant and happy. Those little babies are just gorgeousness. Fun to see a pic of the mom, too. Thank you!

Rochelle said...

What a wonderful day! The photos are great too. So glad the little ones are doing so well.

ElastiGirl said...

I have met KJS++ twice now and I have been impressed by her presence both times - she is truly present in the moment. Congratulations on such a beautiful Baptism service of the babies!

mompriest said...

EG - yes. present in the moment. My parishioners who attended the service (not at our church) were also so impressesd by her - how real and accessible she is.

dust bunny said...

Great day! Great pictures! Thanks for sharing them with us.

Gannet Girl said...

OH, this is wonderful! What POWERFUL pictures! -- and in some way that's quite wonderful, those little girls will be able to take for granted that they were surrounded and blessed by women priests.

(And I have to admit to loving this saga in part because it brings back such wonderful memories of my own now 23yodss.)

"PS" (a.k.a. purple) said...

What a special time...one to keep close to your heart.

cpclergymama said...

Thanks be to God for these precious baby girls, their baptism, and their Godmommy!

cpclergymama said...

Thanks be to God for these precious baby girls, their baptism, and their Godmommy!

Crimson Rambler said...

some sniffling going on hereabouts also. How brilliant to "process" the babies in. Aha! Watch closely while I steal that one... thank you mompriest!

Kievas said...

Thanks for sharing!

Counselor in Process said...

What wonderful pictures! I really like what I know of Bishop Katherine.

I've been toying with trying out the Episcopal Church that the synagogue uses. I belong to a Catholic lesbian group, but can't bring myself to go back to that church and the Episcopal church seems so much more human, yet close to what I know.

Are these two mothers?

Counselor in Process said...

Oh yea, your hair got really long!

mompriest said...

All of us in the picture have children. Bp K has a grown daughter in the Air Force, my daughter is 19, son is 15. LG has an 8 year old daughter, and of course the twins, Little L and Baby Z who are 7 weeks old...

CP - you may find a very welcoming church in the Episcopal world, sometimes you have to try more than one because we can each be very different than another. The worship service will feel very familiar. And we are wrestling deeply with what it means, truly means, to be inclusive, and to remember that we are beloved of God - which was also part of Bp K sermon that morning. (Well and is the theme of many of my sermons too)...

I will with God's help....uncomplicating the complicated

I was baptized when I was nine years old. I have vivid memories of the baptism itself, of being terrified, as I was fully immersed three ti...