proud-grandparents-and-old-friendsToday was a special day. We witnessed a Baptism in the Tridentine Rite. There are numerous prayers and rituals associated with the Rite that I had either neither seen, or had just forgotten. There was the “Churching” or bringing into the Church of the mother and child after the Baptism. There was the dedication of the child to our Blessed Mother, done by the father of the child. It was all very rich. What made it even more special, was the fact that the baby is the grandchild of some friends from our past–the early ’70s to be exact. Even neater is that their grandchild, Thomas, is only 11 hours younger than our latest grandchild, Thomas. To top off the celebration, Pat and Armond were celebrating 40 years of wedded bliss. We catch up with them next January!

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