1948 marks the year when the Anglican Church in Finland finally got a new Chaplain after the war when The Revd Sydney Linton arrived in Helsinki. (There was an Anglican priest in Helsinki from 1920 when The Revd Frank North arrived from St Andrew’s in Moscow. During the Second World War there was no Chaplain in Finland) The first entry in the Register of Baptisms is dated 17th October 1948.
This register contains much history since the Chaplain of Helsinki was the Chaplain for HM Diplomatic service (Embassies) in Helsinki and Moscow. One detail from the Register is a letter from the American Chaplain about baptisms and a marriage service between two Nigerian citizen in Moscow. These were recorded in our Register since Moscow was “part of the parish”.
There are now 44 empty entries in the Register of Baptisms. After that we need to acquire a new register.
One of the lines I hear – often with an apologizing tone – from the parents is, that they bring their babies to a baptism because of tradition. There is no need to apologize! The Gospel according to Luke tells us how “When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’)” Luke 2.22
So Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to the Temple because of tradition. That was what they wanted to do; keep the tradition of their parents and forefathers.
Our Register of Baptisms represents in its own way that tradition.