AT THE christening of Prince George in the Chapel Royal in St
James's Palace on Wednesday the Archbishop of Canterbury said
that the Prince's parents and godparents had a simple task: "Make
sure he knows who this Jesus is. Speak of him, read stories about
him. Introduce him in prayer."
They should help Prince George "grow and flourish into the
person God has called him to be". The baptism service was not
centred on "a maker of rules and regulations", but on Jesus, "who
calls each of us to take a journey".
On Tuesday, in preparation for the service, Lambeth Palace
published a short film produced at Lambeth. In the film, Archbishop
Welby says that, when the Prince had been baptised, he would be
joining a family of almost two thousand million people around the
world. "What a family. It means that as a Christian you go almost
anywhere in the world, and you'll find those to whom through
baptism you're related."
Baptism, he emphasises, is for everyone, not just for special
people. "It's extremely easy. God's love is offered without
qualification, without price, without cost, to all people in all
He goes on to explain his own part in the service. Marking the
sign of the cross on Prince George's forehead would be "an
extraordinary moment, because that is the sign by which we
understand that this person belongs to God".
The film concludes as the Archbishop reveals what he would like
to say in his mind to the Prince as he baptises him: words adapted
from a prayer used by the Church of Scotland: "All this Jesus did
for you, though you do not know it yet, and you will discover
Shot at Lambeth Palace, the film features scenes illustrating
what happens during a christening.
It suggests that the christening of Prince George might spur
people to consider baptism, and advises them to speak to a priest
Watch the Archbishop of Canterbury's baptism film