During the Easter Vigil, when we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus, we baptise those people who wish to die to their former selves and rise with Christ to new life through the waters of the baptismal font. Once we bless the font and baptise our Church’s newest members, we renew the promises of our own baptism and are sprinkled with the baptismal water.
The baptismal font, therefore, is not only the place for baptism, but also stands as a constant reminder of our own baptism. It challenges us always to live the mission of Jesus. The space where the baptismal font is found in each church is called the baptistery. It also houses the paschal candle outside of the Easter season. In some churches, the holy oils are also kept there in an ambry. Many communities are placing their baptistery now in its traditional location at the entrance of the church. This means people bless themselves directly from the font; strengthening the remembering of their baptismal calling.
At present the size and location of the baptistery makes if difficult to celebrate baptisms there, and the baptistery is more a place where the font is kept when it is not used. Parishioners throughout our renovation consultation process have recommended a new, dedicated place in the church for the celebration of baptism. It has been suggested that it be near the entry to the church and have a fixed baptismal font that serves as a continual reminder of our baptism.
Don’t forget that your comments on the recommendations are welcome. You can speak to Frs. Denis or Paul, to any other member of the Liturgy Committee, email us at litcomwenty (at) yahoo (dot) com (dot) au or comment below.