The newly-wed couple
and their newly-christened daughter
Originally uploaded by viralbus
I just read in The Times that the Church of England is now introducing a wedding-cum-baptism ritual.
In Denmark that is entirely commonplace, and I mentioned my surprise to Phyllis that this should be anything new.
According to her, it is entirely new over here, and the Danish practice is very strange, because the Church is supposed to say that you should marry before you even conceive a child, let alone give birth to it and baptise it.
The headline of the article in The Times is quite amusing, btw. It could be read as if kids would now automatically get christened at the time of their parents’ wedding, in the same way as Anna became a Danish citizen when I married Phyllis.
Here only 16% of people have their kids christened so the ones who do tend to be by far the most religious and they are of course ones who wouldn’t dream of having babies ‘in sin’. Think the CofE is clutching at straws to increase popularity again!