Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Baptism of Kylie Rose

This morning, during Divine Service, Kylie Rose Stahl received the new birth of water and of the Spirit in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.  There is nothing better than beginning the Divine Service by welcoming a new child of God into His Divine family through Holy Baptism.  Below are selections from the rite and corresponding pictures:

Kylie Rose Stahl, receive the sign of the holy cross both upon your + forehead and upon your + heart to mark you as one redeemed by Christ the crucified.

(Okay, so you can't see me making the sign of the cross upon Kylie's forehead and heart, but, trust me, that's what I'm doing - have to remember to have the parents and sponsors switch sides next time:)

Let us pray:  Almighty and eternal God, according to Your strict judgment You condemned the unbelieving world through the flood, yet according to Your great mercy You preserved believing Noah and his family, eight souls in all.  You drowned hard-hearted Pharaoh and all his host in the Red Sea, yet led Your people Israel through the water on dry ground, foreshadowing this washing of Your Holy Baptism.  Through the Baptism in the Jordan of Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, You sanctified and instituted all waters to be a blessed flood and a lavish washing away of sin.  

We pray that You would behold Kylie according to Your boundless mercy and bless her with true faith by the Holy Spirit, that through this saving flood all sin in her, which has been inherited from Adam and which she herself has committed since, would be drowned and die.  Grant that she be kept safe in the holy ark of the Christian Church, being separated from the multitude of unbelievers and serving Your name at all times with a fervent spirit and a joyful hope, so that, with all believers in Your promise, she would be declared worthy of eternal life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. 
Megan and Chris, is it your intention to serve Kylie as sponsors in the Christian faith?
Yes, with the help of God.
God enable you both to will and to do this faithful and loving work and with His grace fulfill what we are unable to do.  

Our Father, who art in heaven . . . 

Kylie Rose Stahl, I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  



Receive this white garment to show that you have been clothed with the robe of Christ's righteousness that covers all your sin.  So shall you stand without fear before the judgment seat of Christ to receive the inheritance prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

Receive this burning light to show that you have received Christ who is the Light of the world.  Live always in the light of Christ, and be ever watchful for His coming, that you may meet Him with joy and enter with Him into the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which shall have no end.  


Let us pray:  Almighty and most merciful God and Father, we thank and praise You that You graciously preserve and enlarge Your family and have granted Kylie the new birth in Holy Baptism and made her a member of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and an heir of Your heavenly kingdom.  We humbly implore You that, as she has now become Your child, You would keep her in her baptismal grace, that according to Your good pleasure she may faithfully grow to lead a godly life to the praise and honor of Your holy name and finally, with all Your saints, obtain the promised inheritance in heaven; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

The presentation of the gifts to the sponsors:

Additional pics taken after the Service:









meggers said...

Wow... It's like you ran home and blogged because you were so excited this FINALLY happened. :)

Good pics! (for an iPhone...)

Rev. Thomas C. Messer, SSP said...


Nah . . . I've had this blog post written for a few weeks; just added the pics yesterday before posting. :)

Jilian Stahl said...

Oh now come on, it hasn't been that long, just a month after her release from the jail we like to call NICU. She was just nervous to be around so many people like that. But now that its all done, she is sure glad she did it.