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Baptism (with or without water?)

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Church of Scotland candidates for the Ministry have to undergo what is known as Trials for Licence.  This happens usually after the academic side of things has been completed and before full Ordination – the time spent in between (usually a year) is as a sort of apprentice or curate – known as a Probationer or Licentiate.

There’s a service to be conducted and wise men and women from Presbytery come to listen to see if the candidate is “up to it”; there is also a longish interview to discover if he/she knows Church Law etc.

At my interview for Trials for Licence (in 1973) , I was asked, simply enough, what is the element used in Baptism……..obviously, water
 Then the minister who asked the question, said “what if you’re in a desert – what would the Desert Fathers have done?”
 Cheekily, I answered “pee on the candidate”
I wonder how 39 years later, I’m still an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament!

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Water

The Meenister’s Log

Here’s a serious question to minister friends – at my interview for Trials for Licence, I was asked, simply enough, what is the element used in Baptism…obviously, water

Then the minister who asked the question, said “what if you’re in a desert – what would the Desert Fathers have done?”

Cheekily, I answered “pee on the candidate”

But…seriously, what?  saliva if not urine? some of the limited supply of drinking water they might have had with them?  wine?

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