Rite of Passage: A Sonnet

This is a sonnet I penned for the Writer’s Guild at our church. The prompt was “Rite of Passage” and my mind immediately turned toward baptism. Enjoy!

Rite of Passage: A Sonnet

A journey through water and into light

The response of faith to the beckoning call

A night brighter than any day or night

The riteful passage offered one and all

Death and life, descent and ascent

The grace of our Lord ne’er will relent

 

Draw near the font, feel the water cover you

Into the triune name you are now placed

The glory of the Lord shines around you

A joy so palpable you can almost taste

As you’re washed by his love, grace may astound you

Come sinner, come beggar, make haste

It’s a rite of passage, a loving initiation

New birth, new life, beloved, new creation

About Porter Case Taylor

The Rev. Porter Case Taylor is an Anglican priest (Anglican Church in North America) residing in Kansas with his wife, Rebecca, and three sons. He is the author of "The Liturgical Theologian," a blog on the Patheos Evangelical Channel and is passionate about liturgy, the sacraments, and ecclesiology. He received his MAT from Fuller Theological Seminary and is currently working on his PhD from the University of Aberdeen.