Order of Service at a French Catholic Baptism

Order of Service

Today François arrived with the Order of Service for the baptême on Sunday. We all sat down in front of a cup of coffee and started talking about the big day.

This is all very new to me. I have never been inside a catholic church, let alone attended a Mass.

However, it all looks pretty straightforward. As François sipped the last of his coffee and tucked into a chocolate biscuit, he sat back and dropped his bombshell:

“Nicole, would you like to do the reading?”

Whoa. I didn’t think I had heard properly. Surely not… But our guest seemed dead serious. My head was screaming: “Just say NO!” Reading at a christening in a church in front of people you don’t know is bad enough at the best of times. But in French? Just say NO. No way! I am not the shy type, but reading out loud in public is not one of my strong points at the best of times. Not even in English. And the thought of reading at a christening in French was just a step too far.

François must have seen the horror on my face: “If you don’t want to do it, I can ask Olivier, the godfather”.

Yes, please. Relief swept over me. I don’t know if he was being serious or just having a joke but I don’t care. The main thing is now I feel I can enjoy and look forward to the ceremony.

I wonder, will there be incense?

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