Born Again

A beautiful picture, and a reminder of what's important in life…

Author: Fr. Christopher Phillips

Fr. Christopher G. Phillips is the pastor of Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he has served for the past twenty-eight years. He is the founding pastor of the first Anglican Use parish, erected in 1983 under the terms of the Pastoral Provision. Fr. Phillips was ordained as an Anglican for the Diocese of Bristol, England, in 1975. After serving as Curate for three years at St. Stephen Southmead, he returned to the United States and served in two Episcopal parishes in the Diocese of Rhode Island. In 1981 he left the Episcopal Church and moved with his family to Texas, where he was subsequently ordained as a Catholic priest in 1983. Fr. Phillips and his wife, JoAnn, have been married for forty years. They have five children, all grown and married, and three grandchildren.

4 thoughts on “Born Again”

  1. I noticed you are holding the baby, as I have always done as an Anglican priest. But I noticed a picture of a Catholic baptism last year that all the godparents held the baby. Is this just a matter of custom?

    1. Actually, it's a matter of following the rubrics for the respective baptismal rites.

      In The Book of Divine Worship it states: "Then the Minister shall take the Child into his arms, and shall say to the Godfathers and Godmothers, Name this Child. And then, naming the Child after them, he shall dip him in the Water discretely, or shall pour Water upon him, saying, N., I baptize thee In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen."

      In the Roman Rite of Baptism it says, "If the baptism is performed by the pouring of water, it is preferable that the child be held by the mother (or father). Where, however, it is felt that the existing custom should be retained, the godmother (or godfather) may hold the child. If baptism is by immersion, the mother or father (godmother or godfather) lifts the child out of the font."

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