I just returned from a wonderful, Easter vigil service. At the service, there were two adult baptisms. The method was one that I have not seen before and I hope that someone can shed some light on it. Please understand that I am not criticizing or complaining. I am simply curious.
The candidates for baptism were led one at a time into, for lack of a better term, a shallow basin, about the size of a small bathtub, that was set in the sanctuary, off to the side of the free standing altar. The depth of the water was roughly 12-18 inches. The robed candidates stepped into the water and stood while the priest baptized them by pouring, in the normal form.
In the Anglican church, I have seen baptism by pouring (most common), sprinkling, and immersion (least common), but never what seemed to be a combination of immersion and pouring. Is this often done in Catholicism?