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November 2022

Advent Wreath 1

Advent 1

27 November 2022

God of hope,
give us grace to cast away the works of darkness,
and to put on the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in the which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
so that on the last day when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal,
through him who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit now and for ever.

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Sunday 13 November 2022

God of inspiration,
you caused all holy scriptures to be written for our instruction,
grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them,
that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of your holy Word,
we may embrace and ever hold fast to the blessed hope of everlasting life,
which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.

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Who Holds the Child in Baptism?

Recently in looking for “clip-art” images of baptism (and actually beyond that in online photographs, once the following was spotted) it is noticeable that in nearly every image the one baptising is not holding the child being baptised. I began to wonder if this was something about celibate RC priests lacking in agility to hold a child, or was this in a rubric that I couldn’t find. Do married RC deacons also have someone else holding the child? If so, and there is no rubric, why? Is that simply imitating what they’ve seen RC priests doing?

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