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Jimmy’s Christening

2009/10/21

 

Last weekend, I had the privilege of shooting at the christening of a baby boy, whose family celebrated his baptism in the Greek orthodox tradition.

First, a few photos of the beautiful Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church in Westchester, IL.

OK, so I’m still an amateur at HDR! 🙂

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Fairly gorgeous place…  this is a slightly more subtle HDR image.

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Fairly gorgeous place…  this is another HDR

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This is the christening font itself.

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Little Jimmy doesn’t know what’s coming – totally at peace with the world.

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In the Greek tradition, the Godparents actually handle the whole process.

 

They start off ensuring the baby is exorcized of any evil prior to his baptism.

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The godparents rebuke the devil on behalf of the baby.

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The grandmothers take him and prepare him by getting him ready for the big event.  They put him in a towel to keep him warm and dry.

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The priest blesses the water in the font.

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The godparents are given oil:

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They anoint Jimmy with oil.

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He is immersed in water three times.

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Strands of his hair are cut by the priest.

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After all of this, Jimmy was taken back to change into his christening clothes.

The priests wait patiently.

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After he returns, he is anointed again with oil, and carried around the font three times.

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And finally, the priest blesses again before the ceremony was finished.

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He was very chill after all of that action.  He really was a trooper through a real ordeal. 

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Congratulations, Diana, George, and James!

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