Sunday, November 25, 2007

Jacob´s Baptism

The Bishop baptizes and Amy annoints Jacob

Jacob Ruben was brought into the Body of Christ, hecho miembro de la familia de Dios (made a part of God´s family), at a little less than a month old, on November 18, 2007, at San Andrés Apóstol. Bishop Barahona baptized Jacob, Padre Richard Bower, director of Cristosal, preached, and his momma got to put holy oil on his head and say in two languages, "Jacob Ruben, you are sealed by the Holy Spirit in baptism, and marked as Christ's own forever." His godmothers are Marta Muñoz, engineer and revolutionary, and Suyapa Pérez, liberation theologian, both Salvadoran friends, and his godfathers are Noah Bullock, a friend and fellow missioner in El Salvador, and José López, director of the Anglican Church´s human rights office. We are grateful to God for such wonderful compadres and comadres! (This is a special term signifying a special relationship that doesn´t exist in English-- the relationship between parents and godparents-- they are ´co-parents´.)

The godparents and parents hold the light of Christ for Jacob after he is baptized

Padre Bower holds Jacob during ´baptismal preparation´ on the eve of his baptism

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