We were invited to a baptism last Saturday in the country, quite a long drive from the city and enough to make us tired when we came home. I’m pleased to learn that baptism here is celebrated on a Saturday and not on a Sunday as I used to know in the Catholic churches in the Philippines. We attended a baptism in a Catholic church last month and in a Swedish Lutheran church recently, both were held on a Saturday. I find it pleasing to have baptism on that day than on a Sunday, as it gives no stress to think about work the next day.
As far as I know, there’s only one Catholic church in Gothenburg, unlike where I come from, there are countless. The baptism ceremony is quite longer than in the Swedish church, though the process is roughly the same.
The altars of these two churches have different designs and characteristics but the symbols and paintings are almost the same. The baptism ceremony in a Swedish church is brief and for the first time, I saw a lady priest in the altar. I was surprised when they include and say “Our Father” in Swedish. I didn’t expect to hear this prayer in a non-Catholic church. The Swedish church above is relatively old as it was built in the 17th-century while the renovated and modern ones (like the Domkyrkan) no longer look like that.