The first sacrament we received after we were born in the world is baptismal. It all depends on what religion you are and how they going to exercise it. It varies in different ways. In the Philippines it is a must be ceremony that always expected to be done a couple of months after the child’s birth. In my case, I gave birth to my twins last year 2012 and we finally decided to have them baptised this year and it was last March 15, 2014. Though it takes a year to have it done, at least its all now finished. Having kids baptismal in Australia is pretty much similar on how we do it in the Philippines. Since, I have attended some baptismal ceremonies back I the Philippines. It a privilege to have a Filipino priest friend who help us all the way. We invited some of our Filipino friends here in our town. This article is describing about Baptismal in Australia been done.
Day before the ceremony, we, the parents are invited to attend baptismal orientation. We watched a film about how baptismal is being done and that’s all. We filled up some forms in the church office and the fee is only $80.00. It is common to give the priest a donation for his time and effort but there’s no exact amount of it. It all depends on you on how much you wanted to give.
It is set on a special day, so only those invited guest and sponsors are the one present in the mass.
The ceremony goes like this in order:
- sign of the cross – the priest traces a sin of the cross in the babies forehead and invites godparents to do the same
- baptismal promises – the godparents are gather around the babies while the parents holding the baby making the promise on what they want for the child
- anointing – the priest anoints oil in babies forehead and chest. It is called the Oil of Baptism which is made of olive oil and the Oil of Chrism which is made of olive oil and balsam
- baptism with water – the priest pours water of babies forehead and it is symbolises as cleansing of all sins
- candle – the candle is lit and held by a godparent or parent and symbolizing light of Christ
- white garment – it is a sign as being clothed in Christ. the priest usually puts the white garment as a necklace to the child.
- baptismal certificate – at the end of the ceremony, the certificates are given to the parents.
The priest ends the mass as what he usually do and then the guests and visitors can now do picture taking and off to reception thereafter.