07 January 2012

"...regenerate, and grafted..."

These pictures of the baptism of young Joseph Whittemore give an image of "living water" as it is poured over his head under the watchful eyes of his godparents, taking with it the stain of original sin and imparting new life in the Church.

We yield thee hearty thanks, most merciful Father, that it hath pleased thee to regenerate this Child with thy Holy Spirit, to receive him for thine own Child, and to incorporate him into thy holy Church. And humbly we beseech thee to grant, that he, being dead unto sin, may live unto righteousness, and being buried with Christ in his death, may also be partaker of his resurrection; so that finally, with the residue of thy holy Church, he may be an inheritor of thine everlasting kingdom; through Christ our Lord. Amen.