On the 10th of December, on the eighth day after her birth, our youngest parishioner came to church for the Sacrament of Baptism.
Despite the sub-zero temperatures (-5!), the hall was packed with parishioners, friends and family who awaited the pre-Vatican II, Traditional Rite preceded by the Churching of Women. This service is a traditional blessing of a new mother and begins with psalm 23 with the antiphon ‘She shall receive a blessing from the Lord, and mercy from God her Saviour: for this is the generation of them that seek the Lord.’
|V. Let us pray.||Orémus.|
Almighty, everlasting God, through the delivery of the blessed Virgin Mary, Thou hast turned into joy the pains of the faithful in childbirth; look mercifully upon this Thy handmaid, coming in gladness to Thy temple to offer up her thanks: and grant that after this life, by the merits and intercession of the same blessed Mary, she may merit to arrive, together with her offspring, at the joys of everlasting happiness. Through Christ our Lord.
Omnípotens sempitérne Deus, qui per beátæ Mariæ Virginis partum fidélium pariéntium dolóres in gáudium vertísti: réspice propítius super hanc fámulam tuam, ad templum sanctum tuum pro gratiárum actióne lætam accedéntem, et præsta, ut post hanc vitam, ejúsdem beátæ Mariæ méritis et intercessióne, ad æternæ beatitúdinis gáudia cum prole sua perveníre mereátur. Per Christum Dóminum nostrum.
|R. Amen.||R. Amen.|
The new mother, holding the end of the priests stole, is led to the altar rail where she receives the blessing with holy water.
The baptism itself begins with several exorcisms which command Satan to fly from the creature of God who will become a temple of the Holy Ghost when baptised. Exorcised salt is placed in the baby’s mouth as the first nourishment given by Holy Mother Church which will come to it’s fullness at first Holy Communion. The child is anointed with oil and then baptised in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost who impart sanctifying grace into the soul of the baptised as original sin is remitted. The very divine life of the Holy Trinity is now in the soul of the baptised.
The baptism was followed by the consecration of Mairi-Therese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the Lady Altar and ended with the singing of the seasonal Marian anthem; Alma Redemptoris Mater.
Fraser and Jane wish to warmly thank all who attended and to express their gratitude to all who gave such generous gifts to Mairi-Therese. They feel blessed to be in a parish in which there is such a close family of Catholics and in which, thanks to Father Morris, the Traditional Rites of the Church are available.