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Christenings (royal) and funerals

01 November 2013


From the Revd Kim Fabricius
Sir, - Theologically, what an interesting same-page juxtaposition of "This beginning" (Leader comment, on the baptism of Prince George) and "The danger of colluding in the denial of death" (on the challenge to the Church of funerals du jour) (Comment, 25 October).

Even as the contemporary funeral becomes more infantilised, we might remember that baptism - infant baptism, too - speaks of our death and resurrection in Christ. Indeed, in effect, at our baptisms we witness our own funerals.

And what a welcome break from the lurid media coverage of the baptism as a "celebrity" occasion - yet not without, one has to say, royal acquiescence. Alas, I have looked in vain for a satirical cartoon of the event picturing the baptismal party in all their royal finery, with the caption:

"Dost thou, in the name of this Child, renounce . . . the vain pomp and glory of the world . . . ?"

"Er. . ."

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