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Posts Tagged Baptism

How Does Pope Francis Baptize?

An account of a baptism by Pope Francis, recently published in America magazine, contains some puzzling features. Here’s a fact check.

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Faithfully Listening to the Assembly of the Faithful

Last March, I wrote that I’d like to see the conclave elect a pope who loves being part of great conversations. With the call from Pope Francis to the church to talk about how the Church relates to families, I think I got what I prayed for — and his questionnaire is filled with liturgical issues for us to wrestle with.

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The Baptism of Prince George, Senator Paul Simon, and Me

Britain’s Prince George, third in line to the throne, was baptized in a small private service at St. James Palace. But a conversation I had years ago with the late Senator Paul Simon makes me wonder what his baptism might have been like, had it happened elsewhere . . .

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Baptismal practice and theology in 13th-century Italy

The 2013 Aquinas Lecture at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, given by Augustine Thompson, O.P., is a fascinating presentation of the baptismal theology and practice in Northern Italy in the 13th century.

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Catholic and Protestant Ecumenical Recognition of Baptism

Representatives of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Christian Reformed Church in North America, Reformed Church in America and United Church of Christ will sign the document.

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Holy Hanging Around, on Formation for Baptismal Living

During the season of Lent, Christians are invited to reflect on the meaning of their baptism. In that spirit, we feature again this post on baptismal liturgy among Methodists (and some related topics) by Mark Stamm, Associate Professor of Christian Worship at Perkins School of Theology, Dallas, TX.

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Listen for the breath of God

Today is my son’s baptismal anniversary: he was baptized on Sept 10, 2006. I thought I’d republish this post I wrote on my personal blog when he was an infant as a commemoration.

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A Sportive Spirituality?

A “sportive” spirituality is rooted in prayer. It is rooted in daily prayer. Prayer – individual or communal – is one of the ways that we “practice” our baptism (see Luther’s writing on baptism in the Large Catechism, The Book of Concord, page 461).

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