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Transcript of My Baptizm
My Godparents & My Cousin
Me Playing the Piano
My Godparents and I
Me at my First Communion
My Mother and I
Me at San José de las Palmas During my First Communion
Me as a Newborn
My Mother and I
Me at Three-Years-Old
I, Marlene Vollbrechthausen Perez, was baptised July 3rd of 1999. Over 200 friends and family members arrived to my Baptism. My mother said it was beautiful; I have a hard time remembering all of the details. After the ceremony, there was a party with classical music playing Vivaldi's Four Seasons.
My Baptism Day
My godparents are my uncle and my aunt from my mother's side. They are my mother's brother François Kovari and his wife Leticia Ortega. They live in Mexico City and visit every vacation they can. They are active participants in my spiritual life, as well as my emotional development.
I wore the same outfit that my mother wore in her Baptism. Later, my younger brother also used that exact same outfit. The outfit has now become enriched with so much meaning given that it has been worn in three baptisms.
My parents chose my name, because it is a combination between Maria and Magdalena. My mother's middle name is Marie which is french for Maria, and Magdalena was chosen for its beauty.
My Baptism took place of the parish of San José de las Palmas in Mexico City.
San José de las Palmas
My father was the one who chose the priest. He was a close friend of my father's family.
This is the one who came through water and blood, Jesus Christ,
not by water alone, but by water and blood.
The Spirit is the one who testifies,
and the Spirit is truth.
So there are three that testify,
the Spirit, the water, and the blood,
and the three are of one accord.
The Gospel - 1 Jn 5:1-9
This Gospel reading directly addresses the sanctification of one into the Church with the Sacrament of Initiation. The Church member is welcomed through the “water” of Jesus, as the water symbolizes cleanliness and is used in the Baptismal Font of modern-day baptisms. However, the reference of “blood” alludes to the Body and Blood of Jesus that is taken at Communion - another Sacrament of Initiation. The Gospel reading goes on to speak of the Holy Spirit as referencing the “Spirit” and “three.” With a purified soul from the Sacrament of Baptism, the Holy Spirit is now welcomed and housed in our hearts. Just as the Holy Spirit is “three...of one accord” with the Sacrament of Baptism, one is now in ‘accord’ with the Church. This is ultimately the goal of welcoming a child into the Church.
Why I chose this Gospel?
In the party after the Baptism, my mother was paranoid that any of the guests would get me sick; so, she put me in a place with just my nanny. Ultimately, the guests barely saw me at my own Baptism.
Me at the Hospital
My Mother and I