I hate to say this but I really dread when we have baptisms during our Mass. I know it should be a joyous occasion but I can’t help but be annoyed (also I am in the choir and we usually don’t know until Mass starts that there is a baptism). Here is how baptisms are performed in my parish:
-Right after the opening prayer, the priest steps down from the sanctuary to question the parents about what their intention is for the child then ask the parents and Godparents to trace a cross on the child’s head. Priest lifts up child so all the congregation can see and ask for a round of applause.
In my parish, we follow the Rite of Baptism within Mass so no opening prayer, parents are met at the door of the church and all that you list is done, minus the lifting up and applause. Family is part of the Entrance Procession.
-Penitential rite and Gloria is skipped and Mass continues with readings
That is appropriate when a baptism is celebrated during Mass.
- After Homily, Father ask family and child to step up to altar where Baptismal font is located. Father invites members of family with cameras (usually inappropriately dressed) onto the altar (directly in front of Tabernacle) in order to get better photos.
After the homily, we have the General Intercessions for Baptism, followed by the Litany of the Saints. Then he asks the parents and godparents (and any siblings) to come to the foot of the altar where the child is anointed with the Oil of Catechumen. Then they proceed to the Font. Parents were warned in the preparation classes that any picture taking had to be discreet and they are told to limit it to one person who is to stay out of the sanctuary. It’s usually not a problem, although sometimes some people obviously didn’t get the message.
-Asks whole congregation to stand and raise right arms to help bless water in font
Ours is quite capable of doing his own job, thank you, he doesn’t need help.
-Baptizes child or children (while congregation is standing)
Usually we sit after the Renunciation of Sin and Profession of Faith
Immediately after the child is baptized we sing an Alleluia!
then has congregation lift right arms to bless mother(s) and then father(s)
Blessing of the Parents is done just before the final blessing, in accordance with the
Rite, and again he doesn’t need our help.
-Lifts up child/children again after anointing with oil and asks for applause again
After anointing with Chrism, the white garment is presented and the children are taken to be dressed in them. We sing a baptismal hymn at this time. Once the children have been dressed in their white garment, they are brought back to the Font area and the Presentation of the Light is done as well as the Ephpheta Rite. Father presents the newest member(s) of the Christian community, we applaud and the families return to their pew as we sing "You have put on Christ, in Him you have been baptized. Alleluia! Alleluia!
-Intentions are skipped, congregants are asked to sit to continue with Offertory
Mass continues with the Offertory.
This usually last about 20 minutes. Has anybody experienced baptisms this way? I don’t know if this is the norm or not but to me it always feels like a disruption to have this go on in the middle of Mass?
When Baptism is celebrated during Mass, it’s the norm to have the sacrament take place after the Homily, Intercessions and Litany.
Am I wrong for feeling this way