So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Botching the Words of Baptism

Is it too much to ask that our priests and bishops get the formula for baptism correct?

Heard at the Vigil this evening: ... in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Nitpicking or noteworthy?
The essential rite of the sacrament follows: Baptism properly speaking. It signifies and actually brings about death to sin and entry into the life of the Most Holy Trinity through configuration to the Paschal mystery of Christ. Baptism is performed in the most expressive way by triple immersion in the baptismal water. However, from ancient times it has also been able to be conferred by pouring the water three times over the candidate's head. 
In the Latin Church this triple infusion is accompanied by the minister's words: "N., I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
Is it too much to ask for the words 'and of' to be included?

All in all, the Easter Vigil this evening at [...] was an awkward mix of drippy devotional texts and melodies (... more like maladies...), grossly out-of-tune instruments, tremulous cantors (i.e., mile wide vibrato), untrained servers and goofy quips.

One can only pray for the strength and patience to endure another season of ill-formed clergy who do not take the time to adequately review and respect the text of the Liturgy.

Postscript: the Exsultet was well sung!


  1. I attended my first Anglican-use Mass for this year's Easter Vigil. The Mass in English--minus all the things you hate about the Mass in English.

  2. "... all the things you hate...". Murray, you underestimate the degree of this blogger's aversion toward the way the Ordinary Form is frequently debased by people who should know better. (smiles)

    Re Anglican Use—excellent suggestion. Henceforth, a possible direction this blogger should consider taking regarding choice of Sunday liturgies. Daily Mass is palatable.

    Christus resurrexit!


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