Countdown to Baptism


It’s a tradition in the Catholic Church during the weeks leading up to Easter that all those who are going to be baptized, confirmed and/or receive the Eucharist at Easter receive a copy of the Creed and the our Father. These symbolize the key prayers of our faith; what we believe, and what Jesus taught us to pray.

On Sunday, March 15, 2020 I received the copy shown to the right at St. Vincent de Paul Church within Christ the King Parish; Father Toochukwu Okafor officiating.

All the Elect, with Sponsors, were invited to the front for introduction to the Parish community. My son Christopher is my Sponsor.

Phil, Fr. Toochukwu, Chris

Fr. Toochukwu:

All-merciful Father, through your Son you revealed your mercy to the woman of Samaria; Moved by that same care you have offered salvation to all sinners.

Look favourably on these Elect who desire to become your children through the power of your sacraments. Protect them in every danger, that they may serve you faithfully in peace and joy and render you thanks for ever.
Amen.

Fr. Toochukwu:
My dear friends, listen carefully to the words of that faith by which you will be justified. The words are few, but the mysteries they contain are great. Receive them with a sincere heart and be faithful to them.

Fr. Toochukwu hands the Elect a copy of The Apostle’s Creed

Fr. Toochukwu begins “The Apostles’ Creed” I believe in God …
Everyone says it together.

THE APOSTLE’S CREED

I believe in God,
The Father Almighty,
Creator of Heaven and Earth,
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended into Hell;
on the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended in Heaven,
and was seated at the right hand of God, the Father almighty;
from there he will come to judge the living and dead.
I believe in Holy Spirit,
the Holy Catholic Church,
the communion of the Saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and everlasting life.

Amen

It proved to be a moving moment and I look forward to completing the process and being able to fully participate in Mass.

By the way, all Masses are now suspended until further notice to combat the spread of COVID-19. Should this suspension still be in place at the Easter Vigil, a private service will be held.

As mentioned previously, my decision to be baptized was prior to my diagnosis in December.

As always, thank you for being at my side as a support pillar.

Peace, Love and Laughter
Phil

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