I’ve been guilty of it myself when I was younger. But we really have to stop this weirdness around removing water from the baptismal font during Lent. I know we get Jesus in the desert for the First Sunday of Lent, but he doesn’t have to stay there! In fact, we get a flood the first Sunday in Year B too!
So why do so many churches, at least in my area of the world, still persist in emptying its fonts of water? What does your parish do this season with its font?
I wonder if the misunderstanding about things like this comes from not realizing that “there is a time for everything.” The church isn’t opposed to removing water from the font, just not at the beginning of Lent. I wonder if this is just another symptom of our general inability to keep liturgical time and to recognize its nuances within each season.
Here’s what I’ve been trying to communicate to the parishes in my diocese. It’s a slow process, but we do have fewer parishes removing water from its font at the start of Lent, I think. But we still need to get the word out more.
But whatever you do, for the love of God, don’t do this.