This week in our parish, we will be celebrating the baptism of an infant. Since my girls were also baptized as infants, and they don’t remember the event, I thought it would be a good opportunity to remember our baptisms.
I plan to do this Family God Time outside, since we might get a little bit wet!
First, share the stories of your children’s baptisms with them, or ask them to tell the stories, if they know them.
Then, remind them that although baptism is a one time event, we can remember it any time!
bowl of water
small pine branches
youtube video (below)
I found this prayer by St. Osmund:
God be in my head, and in my understanding.
God be in my eyes, and in my looking.
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking.
God be in my heart, and in my thinking.
God be at my end, and at my departing.
First, we will dip our hands in the bowl of water and trace a small cross on each part of our bodies as we do the prayer repeat-after-me style. For “end and departing,” we will trace copies on our feet.
Next, we will learn a little song that goes with the prayer. You can learn it with actions here:
Once we know the song with actions, we will dip our pine branches in the bowl of water and fling God’s blessings everywhere as we continue to sing the song (I fully expect this to become a holy water fight!).
End your time together by thanking God for the gift of baptism. Thank you for taking some Family God Time together. I hope it has been a holy time for you.
In Christ, Breen Marie