Duluthian celebrates Christmas morning mass with baptism

By KBJR News 1

December 25, 2013 Updated Dec 25, 2013 at 11:41 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Christmas holiday holds special meaning to just about anyone who celebrates the sacred day. One Duluthian took the holiday to dedicate himself to Christ at a unique time in his life.

For Brent Valentine, Christmas morning has always held a special meaning.

"Christmas means to me, that spending time with your family and loved ones and sharing your beliefs in God."

And this year, Valentine took that meaning to a new level by devoting his life to Christ at his Christmas morning baptism as an adult at First Lutheran Church in Duluth.

"It's a wonderful day today, to be baptized on Christmas Day," said Valentine.

Senior Pastor, April Larson who presided over Valentine's service and the Christmas morning mass, calls the occasion a truly unique moment for everyone.

"I hope that becomes for Brent, something that he always remembers because we give them a lighted candle representing the light of Christ this gospel lesson on Christmas Day from first John, is about Christ being the light in the darkness," said senior pastor, April Larson, First Lutheran Church.

Valentine says he knows the uniqueness of his baptism, but says it's not about his age, but the connection to Christ.

"One of the reasons I decided to get baptized this morning is because of the meaning behind it. As we get married in life to your spouse, we also get married to God at baptism and I thought what better way to do that, than on Christmas morning," said Valentine.

"For Brent, he always has Christmas Day to remember he became a child of God and that is God breaking forth in Christ as light in the darkness."

So as the music and ministry fill these halls on Christmas morning, many agree, it's never too soon or too late to dedicate your life to Christ.

According to many Christian traditions, the average age for a Christian baptism is three months old, depending on the denomination.