Battesimo di Lucia Maiella
I am sure I must have walked past this magnificent Church many times before but nothing prepared me for the splendour within. St Peter’s Italian Church in Clerkenwell is the jewel in the crown and last Saturday it played host to the Gasparro family and their daughter Lucia’s baptism. The threat of thunder storms, traffic congestion and road closures would not stand in the way of this most cherished tradition. The church was full with not just the Gasparro family but those attending the other baptisms being held that afternoon. Father Carmello di Giovanni gave a charming, sincere service which on occasions had the congregation laughing. I believe it is normal to feel this way but as soon as I walked in to this beautiful place I instantly felt the warmth and community spirit of this wonderful church.
Lucia’s two elder brothers, twins Antonio and Gerardo where on hand to offer support to their little sister on her big day. I wonder if they realise at this young age that they will grow up watching out for her and wanting to protect her for many years to come. I understand St Peter’s church has now been instrumental in two baptisms and a wedding for this side of the Gasparro family and possibly many other family celebrations too. I for one, was grateful for the opportunity to play a small part in this one.
Following the service at St Peter’s the drive through London was no less of a challenge as we made our way back to Cookham, Berkshire. But what waited there for the family was a large group of extended family and friends that had come along to join in the celebrations. The children played, danced and played some more. The adults stood, observed and smiled knowing that it had all been worth while. This is what it is all about, being with the ones you love.
Thank you Felicity and Gerardo
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