|"Raphael and Tobias" by Michael O'Brien.|
Raphael is named for the angel Raphael in the book of Tobit.
Raphael was baptized last weekend.
I am always so profoundly humbled and moved by this ritual, every time.
It was the traditional baptism of the Latin Rite...incredibly beautiful, and almost never used anymore, although it is the universal rite of baptism in the Catholic Church.
The prayer begins outside the church (the foyer, in our case, as it was so cold and windy that day)...
There is so much depth to the symbolism of the entire ritual: the salt (tasting the nourishment of Christ), the oil (for healing and kingly anointing) and of course the water (for spiritual cleansing and rebirth).
Priest: Raphael, ego te baptizo in nomine + Patris, et Filii, +, et Spiritus + Sancti.
(If you want, you can read the rest of the Latin Rite of baptism here.)
Raphael, my beautiful, innocent baby, right now you don't know about the ugliness of sin. Your heart is wide open and beautiful. But as you get older, you'll realize how much we need the mercy of God! May the grace of your baptism flow like a river in your heart, from the endless source that is the in-dwelling Trinity, the fountain of everlasting life.
I feel a little...shy...sharing baptism pictures here, but don't think you can get away without seeing sewing pictures! I made Rafe a little gown....out of a table cloth...and it's definitely exciting. Silk, old. (More of that to come.)