Tobiah was baptized at Good Shepherd on December 31 by the Archbishop of Mt. Hagen, Douglas W. Young, SVD.
We invited our coworkers at the Seminary, friends from the local community and friends from nearby missions.
Fr. Paul, the Rector; Seminarian Paul, who lives nearby and likes philosophy; Abp. Doug, and Fr. Andrew get ready
Brandon coordinated with the Archbishop to organize a beautiful mass, with plenty of theology packed into the various prayers.
“May this water receive by the Holy Spirit the grace of your Only Begotten Son, so that human nature, created in your image and washed clean through the Sacrament of Baptism from all the squalor of the life of old, may be found worthy to rise to the life of newborn children through water and the Holy Spirit.”
As it was still within the Octave of Christmas, we sang carols in English and in Tok Pisin. The Archbishop took on the pastoral challenge Brandon threw down and preached on Jesus’ circumcision and His shocking humanity.
Listening to the sermon. Also, proof that Tabitha was there and extremely wiggly
Brandon bends down to hold Tobiah’s head over the baptismal fount while the Abp. pours water on him 3 times, “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
“God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has freed you from sin, given you a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and welcomed you into his holy people. He now anoints you with the chrism of salvation. As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so may you live always as a member of his body, sharing everlasting life.”
Afterwards we gathered at our veranda (our official party space) and ate lots of chocolate cake from Jiwaka Mission Lodge (plus some homemade chocolate-peppermint fudge for the gluten-free Archbishop).
James and Annie enjoy some cake while Fr. Paul talks to Leo, a local catechist, and Seminarian Paul
Our neighbor Elijah, Tobiah, and our babysitter Miriam
Steven, the CLTC librarian; the Abp.; Fr. Andrew, parish priest in the remote Jimi; Brandon getting drinks
Despite having a CakeWrecks-worthy inscription, it was delicious.
The inscription and the contact information should apparently not be written on the same piece of paper…
Welcome to the church, Tobiah! We love you.
In his white garments, the outward sign of his Christian dignity, which we pray he will bring unstained into the everlasting life of Heaven.