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A BABY’S ROYAL ENTRANCE INTO THE CHURCH
March 30, 2008, 11:19 pm
Filed under: Religion

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While I live in southern California, yesterday I was in Phoenix, AZ and so on the second Sunday of Easter I went to St. Mary’s Basilica to 9:00 a.m. Mass. During this Mass they baptized three little babies; two boys and a girl. The baptism fount was located in the center of this old beautiful church, and after the three little babies had been baptized the priest led the families in a procession back down to the front of the church. Here’s what really struck me. The three fathers lifted the little babies up in the air, in front of them and elevated above their heads. The babies, in their little white baptismal gowns looked like royalty of some type – all that was missing was a little pillow for them to be seated on as they processed majestically down the center aisle of the church. One father was particularly tall and his baby was raised higher than everyone else in the church, all eyes were on this little one as the child seemed to bob up and down floating through the air towards the front of the church.

The church was honoring these children, newly received into the church, like royalty. It reminded me of St. Peter’s words about the Church: “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people” (I Pet 2:9). There they were, three tiny ambassadors for Christ and His Kingdom! The church broke into jubilant applause!!!

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