Baby Charlie’s christening at Duke Chapel was one of the most precious events I’ve ever attended.
He is all of four months old. All of him completely darling.
His baptismal gown was a reincarnation of his mother Annie’s first communion gown. Charlie must have known how special it was, as he grinned while putting it on.
Family traveled the distance to be with baby Charlie on his big day. Cousins from many states away even had small roles in the ceremony.
And the Godparents from New Jersey visited for the momentous occasion.
It should be noted that baby Charlie slept peacefully for his entire ceremony: as the Cross was traced on his forehead;
during the Homily, Intercessions, Prayers, Blessings and Invocation;
the Baptism and water;
the lighting of the candle;
and many, many, endless rounds of family photos :)
Baby Charlie awakened just in time for some final photos to preserve the memories of the celebration.
He seemed completely satisfied with the ceremony that just took place, and happy in the loving arms of family and friends.
Congratulations, Charlie, on your baptism!