I'm only two months late in blogging about this but better late than never right? Sweet Annabelle was baptized on the feast of Saint Lucy, which is one of her patron saints. It comes with a cool story actually. Way back in the summer when we were solidifying our name choices, I was still on the fence about Lucy for a middle name but Matt was already 100% sold that Lucy would be it. I finally hesitantly gave in -- its not that I don't like Lucy (I love it), its just that I wasn't quite ready to write it on paper and make it official -- so I wrote Annabelle Lucy on her baptismal papers. December 13th was the date we picked based on everyone's schedules and I decided to go look at the Catholic calendar to see if it fell on any cool Saints feast days and, lo and behold, its the feast of Saint Lucy! What a great confirmation right? Of course Matt took that very clear sign and ran with it so it became set in stone that her name would be Annabelle Lucy from that day on. It looks like I'll get to name our next kid ;)
Sadly that was the best picture I got of her all day because I completely forgot to take my camera out, but I have vowed to take better Baptismal pictures of the rest of our kids because I'm so sad that this is all we have.
The beauty of the sacrament thankfully still resonates in my memory. Our dear friends Steve and Beth are Annabelle's godparents and she is one lucky lady for having them. We were also privileged to have our family friend, Father Kyle, come and do the baptism. I loved that he had us start the Baptismal ceremony in the back of the church and make our way towards the Baptismal font while touching upon each symbolic element that would ensue.
One of my favorite parts of the Rite of Baptism is when the priest chants the Litany of Saints and the congregation responds with "Pray for us." Its such a simple yet beautiful display of the power of asking the saints in heaven for their intercession. Father Kyle included some of our family's favorite Saints in the litany: St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. John Bosco, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, St. Maria Goretti, St. Gianna, St. Joseph, and of course, Saints Anne and Lucy.
Our parish was lucky enough to have a relic of Our Lady of Guadalupe installed right behind the baptismal font that week. A true blessing indeed.
Also, the lighting in the church is horrible. I cringe just looking at the terrible shadows in these pictures!
After the Baptism, we did what every Catholic does after a Sacrament, we partied =)
Our friend and go to cake master, Ms. Julie, made a delicious spice cake for the occasion. We decorated with a simple banner and flowers and kept the party small with just a few family and friends to celebrate.
Annabelle with her fan club =)
I will never forget the day that our sweet Annabelle Lucy entered the Church. Praise God for the Sacraments!