From a reader:
I understand that there is a number of traslations of the traditional
form of Baptism, which can be used instead of the Latin.
However some translate the baptism as “I baptize you” while others “I
It may sound trivial, but one can never be to sure about this one.
Are they both valid and licit?
Yes, both “you” and “thee” are fine. The form of baptism is valid if either are used.
“Thee” is the object of “thou”, which was the singular to the plural “ye”. “Thou” evolved to express familiarity, while “ye” or “you” became more formal, in a way similar to German “du” and “sie”, Italian “tu” and “voi” or “Lei”, etc. In religious
Of course the priest could simply use Latin.
But saying “I baptize thee… “, or “I absolve thee…”, would be valid.