Really, that's your solution? Bring a horse trough in? Please tell me that is a joke. You bring a horse trough into my church, and you'll get the same response as someone bringing in an inflatable kiddie pool - right out the door with you.
My parish uses a giant rubber tub.
Glory to God for all things.
I'm scheduled to be dunked in it this Saturday, actually.
Entry into the Church is a beautiful thing, regardless of the surroundings or instruments used. Congratulations! Many years!
Full immersion is preferable to pouring,
I'm glad we agree.
as undignified as it might seem to those who require all baptismal fonts to made of precious metals and rubies.
Who said anything about that? I find the use of a rubber trough to be disgusting, but if your parish uses it, then Glory to Him. Take your straw man out of here.
If pretense is more important than being faithful to tradition, then count me out.
Me too. What pretense are you speaking of?
Good, so just so we're clear, all of our streams are so dirty that baptisms become unsafe. Or are you just afraid of looking like the Baptists? None of them seem to be emerging from the water with a third arm.
Holy things for the holy, my friend. If I lived by an ocean, I'd consider that a venue, but the rivers are frequently too polluted. We should use the best things available to us - clean tap water over dirty water, etc. It's not about safety, "3rd arms," etc.. Baptisms should be done in Churches, anyway - who am I to break the standard practice of the last 16 centuries?
And you're so above the "ridiculous" banter, with your circumlocutions decrying kiddie-pools in a dignified Greek Orthodox church. Give me a break.
Maybe I'll give you a break after Saturday. Until then, you're enrolled in the catechumenate and deciding to state, "the idea that a parish has to pour out of necessity because they "only have a font for babies" seems a bit ridiculous to me," - a bad sign, if you ask me. I try to consider myself above the "ridiculous" banter - alas, though, I've heard of people bringing kiddie pools in Churches, and unfortunately have seen an Orthodox baptism on the "big screen" portrayed with the use of the kiddie pool (and a godmother oogling her godson to boot!). Considering this, I figured it would be an easy example of something people are familiar with, and which some people would consider acceptable, that I would make a parallel to from my POV on "what's appropriate to use for baptisms."