This was the third Sunday that I went to the church. Today was a special day. One of our people was given the Baptism.
Our church is Baptist’s and the manner of Baptism is immersion. So people had prepared a large pool in the hall. The pool was a plastic and rather industrial one. I mean, it was much like the pool for a fish-farm.
As it was an aged person that was to be baptized, the water was warmed prior to the ceremony. People said, “Good! It’s like an On-sen!”…actually it was not so warm as that.
The priest(I don’t know how Baptists call their priest in English. We always call him Sensei, just as we call a teacher, doctor, lawyer, government officer, artist etc.) wore a white ceremonial robe. The man to be baptized wore a simpler one. He stood in the pool.
The ceremony was very simple. The priest gave a short prayer and asked him if he believe in Jesus. He said yes and cover his nose and mouth by a towel, then laid himself down on his back into the water.
Soon he stood up and all was complete.
People were so quiet. No clapping hands, no crying. After the ceremony we sang a hymn for baptism.
After the meeting, each one celebrated him. I was told “You will be soon with us!”
Yes, I believe I will. Yet I have a lot about Christianity that I cannot really understand. I am waiting to realize them someday. For that day I will read the Bible and think of God, Jesus, Holy Ghost and people more.