As I mentioned a couple of days ago, Jennifer and I were blessed to gain five new godchildren this past Saturday -- Clint, Debbie, Becky, Joey, and Tommy Hale. I had a friend take a few photos and videos. Unfortunately, most of the photos didn't turn out very well. I'll post the good ones and then the video of the actual baptism. Clint, I have some other videos that capture other parts of the service as well, so remind me, and I'll put them on a CD for you and give them to you soon.
In the Baptism video below, the first boy being baptized is actually not a Hale, but the son of another parishioner. After that, the order of baptisms is as follows: Becky, Joey, Tommy, and Debbie. Unfortunately, the camera's batteries gave up the ghost right before "Big Daddy" Hale was about to get into the baptismal font (i.e., the horse trough). But I can promise you that he really was baptized. He waited a long time--six years--for this. As you can no doubt tell from the video, baptisms are a very joyous occasion at St. Joseph's.
The first photo was taken before the soon-to-be-illumined had renounced the Devil and spit on him. This one was taken right after that important event.
Here is a video of me performing the anointing with oil (well, part of it, anyway) prior to the Baptism.
Hale Anointing from Fr. James Early on Vimeo.
And here are the actual baptisms (again, minus Big Daddy's), performed by our pastor Fr. Matthew, assisted by Deacon Meletios. You can see my beautiful wife Jennifer in the background.
Hale Baptism from Fr. James Early on Vimeo.