A Jamaica Christening at Temple El Shaddai

Pastor holding little girl up to the light during Jamaica christening

The perfect antidote to last week’s depressing blog post is a precious baby, no? This week I have all the details of little Olivia’s Jamaica christening at Temple El Shaddai. So let’s soak up the cute as we endure yet another week of quarantine.

African mother holding little girl on her lap after Jamaica christening
Emet & Olivia

Olivia’s mother, Emet, grew up in Queens, and her father is pastor of Temple El Shaddai. That makes Olivia’s christening quite the family affair. Indeed, Olivia was surrounded by family members in the congregation. Furthermore, the ceremony was a multi-baby event as another little family member was also christened at the same time.

Temple El Shaddai is a Hebrew Pentecostal church, and the christening ceremony focuses on ‘tasting the bitter with the sweet.’ There is no water involved. Rather, the babies were given a taste of both a lemon and honey. The resulting photos, especially when the lemon was given, were priceless.  Afterwards, Emet led the congregation in singing a hymn.  (Her voice is fantastic, by the way!)  The ceremony ended with a group blessing underneath a sacred fabric.

Each cutie performed well under pressure, though the excitement was a bit too much for Olivia. She decided to take a nap in the middle of the christening.

After the christening, we took family portraits outside. Finally, I captured a few more portraits of Emet and Olivia together as Olivia changed into her second outfit of the day.  Enjoy the photos, and I’ll have more pre-pandemic memories for you next week!


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Gold plate with lemon slice and small jar of honey
Lemon & honey

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Bad review for the lemon from Olivia

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The pastor and his wife
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Olivia and her father, Hubert

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