Okay, here’s the story.
I came into the church at Easter. As part of the RCIA process I had to verify that I had been baptized as we obviously don’t re-baptize validly baptized Christians. I got baptized about 12 years ago in a Baptist church. They weren’t really helpful and I didn’t have any witnesses (my parents aren’t religious) so I just wrote an affidavit stating that I was baptized, water was used, and it was in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Here’s the problem:
I don’t know if the pastor used the trinitarian formula during the baptism. I simply assumed he did because most baptists do follow the teaching for the correct form of baptism. I saw a baptism from the same church (albeit a different pastor and 13 years later) and he used some weird formula that sounded strange like in the name of your creator, redeemer, and something else. It definitely wasn’t the norm laid out in the gospels.
Now I’m having doubts as to if the pastor DID invoke the trinity when baptizing me. I can’t know for sure and I reaaaally want to put away any lingering doubts.
That being said, would it be completely out of line if I asked my parish priest to conditionally baptize me and then confirm me again in case the original confirmation was invalid due to my possible lack of valid baptisim?
I have no reason to assume mine wasn’t done correctly on the basis of what I heard at the other baptism alone. 99 percent of the baptist baptisms I’ve heard in my life HAVE been done correctly. I just really can’t recall the words for myself and that scares me.