I don’t even know how to put into words how truly beautiful it was.
My priest has a gift for preaching some of the most inspiring homilies I have ever heard in my life. He has a way of truly showing us how relevant the Word is to our daily lives, no matter of “modern” our problems seem compared to the “archaic” Scriptures. He lives his faith in a way that I truly aspire to do, and today’s homily brought tears to my eyes as he explained – far more eloquently than I ever could – how profound baptism is, and how beautiful this ancient Sacrament can be.
It was everything I could have hoped for and then some. I wore white – a lovely dress my mother picked out for me – and had my hair loose and showing in the traditional fashion. I had so many nerves before the service that I didn’t even dare to try to drink water; I just prayed and prayed that things would go well and I wouldn’t embarrass myself in front of the congregation and God.
I feel altogether at peace and excited still. My congregation was so truly warm and welcoming and they had planned a little party of sorts for after the event. More than all of this, though, was that I truly felt God’s presence at the church today – moreso than usual – and I feel as though I have truly been welcomed as part of His family. I feel now, more than ever, that I truly have brothers and sisters in Christ, and that I am not alone on the Canterbury Trail.
Receiving Communion for the first time today was also such an experience. Knowing that I truly received Christ and wasn’t consigned to the pews was incredible. The service took on a whole new perspective once I was able to participate as a full member of the church.
I will never forget today, and what it means for me as a Christian. I have kept the pamphlet from today to tuck into my Bible, and of course I also have my baptismal candle as well. I wish that my family had been there to participate and take pictures with me, but my church family did a fantastic job of making me feel welcome and whole today.
Baptism is such a profound experience. I will never forget how wonderful and perfect everything was. From the readings, to the homily, to the glowing affection from my congregation, everything was just as I had hoped that it would be. Christ was truly present to receive me today. There is no doubt in my mind that I have been cleansed and my soul has been safeguarded by my Saviour. Glory be to God on high!