Thursday, January 20, 2011

500 Babies Baptized. Protests Break Out.

No less than 500 babies were baptized into the Georgian Apostolic Autocephalous Orthodox Church at Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi, Georgia, I assume on the Feast of Epiphany.

However, as photos make clear, many of the baptized do not approve of this liturgical practice. And in their honor, we name this mass baptism the abomination of the week.

(Please note that said declaration is made in good humor only. I do not have an opinion on mass baptisms, but I love the photos. Readers are welcome to share their opinions on this practice.)


JC Fremont said...

Orthodox baptisms are frequently objected to by the baptisees. I recall one baptism that I attended years ago where the child was a bit older--about three and a half years. When the first cascade of water hit her she cried out quite loudly, "Mom, get me out of here." These days she is happily rearing her own daughter in the Orthodox tradition.

Anonymous said...

If there is such a thing as baptismal regeneration, why would one object to a baby being united sacramentally with Christ?

I've seen quite a few infant baptisms, both anglican and Orthodox. if the water is warm they don't seem to object too much. And in our church they are anointed with the Holy Chrism (confirmation to you folks) and receive Communion. Let the little children come unto ME, He said.

Silly people who don't obey the Lord's 'suggestion'.

Rdr. James Morgan
Olympia, WA