On Easter Sunday my fiance was baptized. While I’ve been baptized three times, he never had! He mentioned wanting to be baptized just after we started dating, but it took awhile to make it happen.
Since Easter also happened to be my fiance’s birthday, the priest thought it was a perfect day for a baptism! We met with Father Joe, our priest, early last week to find out more about baptism in the Episcopal Church. All three of my baptisms were of the immersion variety (I was dunked!) and despite last year’s research, I was still unfamiliar with an Episcopal baptism.
At our first meeting Father Joe mostly spoke about the significance of baptism – what it represents, how important it is, what it means going forward in your faith. But he did tell us that my fiance would need sponsors for the baptism. A sponsor is basically a godparent, but I guess sponsor sounds better when it is an adult being baptized. I was able to be a sponsor, but he needed at least one more. He asked the parents of one of his closest friends to do the honors.
We all agreed to meet up the night before Easter to go through the details of the baptism. It didn’t hurt that Father Joe offered to buy us dinner afterward too :)
That night we did a quick run-through of the service. Father Joe showed us where we’d be standing and had my fiance try to fit in the baptismal “pool”. We went through who says what and when, and Father Joe answered several of our questions.
Even with all that preparation, I still was completely shocked by how the whole experience went! I’ll share that story next time, so stay tuned.