[quote="jwinch2, post:18, topic:274832"]
Originally Posted by Tarpeian Rock
*I have an idea that some pastors feel Baptisms during Lent (and possibly Advent) are inappropriate (being joyful and celebratory occasions) vs. what are considered penitential periods (more true of Lent than Advent).*
That was the line of reasoning I thought of when I first saw the OP's post. However, we still have feast days during Lent so that really doesn't stack up when you think about it a bit deeper.
I don't know how much it has to do with being a joyful occasion. This practice, or should I say 'avoidance', springs from the same type of thinking that comes up with removing the holy water from the fonts for Lent and replacing it with sand because "we are a desert people".
It would make some sense if all the babies were actually baptized at the Easter Vigil, but I don't know many parents who are willing to come to that celebration with newborns or 4 or 5 week old babies. In all my years attending the Vigil, I've seen infant baptism twice. Being involved in baptismal preparation I know that most families reject the idea immediately because the Vigil starts late and runs so long. Add a baptism and you've got another 20 minutes or so added to an already 'too long' ceremony, the reason usually given for cutting the OT readings to the mandatory 3.