God's witness and God's knight

My youngest son, 9 years old, just served his first Latin Mass on the feast of the Immaculate Conception as a gift to Our Lady.

As his brothers and I watched we stole smiles with each other, noticing his excitement.

He's been waiting and watching, his own Advent...

Afterwards he begged one of his brothers to let him take their place this Sunday, so he could serve again!

I pray he always feels the magnitude of this service to Our Lord as He is made real on the altar and choirs of angels surround.

My heart swells as now my husband, and all three of my sons are trained and usually beside Father every Sunday. And here...words fail....

To be Christ's page at the altar,
To serve Him freely there,
Where even angels falter,
Bowed low in reverent prayer.
To touch the throne most holy,
To hand the gifts for the feast.
To see Him meekly, lowly,
Descend at the word of the priest.
To hear man's poor petition,
To sound the silvery bell,
When he in sweet submission,
Comes down with us to dwell.
No grander mission surely
Could saints or men enjoy:
No heart should love more purely,
Than yours who serve with joy.
God bless you child forever,
And keep you in his care.
And guard you that you never
Belie the robes you wear.
For white bespeaks untainted
A heart both tried and true:
And red tells love the sainted
And holy martyrs knew.
Throughout your life, then, endeavor
God's graces to do right;
And be in heart forever
God's witness and God's knight.


Gardenia said...

oh I bet his momma is proud! what joy.

Ebeth said...

How beautiful! I am so happy for you +JMJ+ The example you both have been and remain to your children is awesome!

God bless you all this advent season!!!


Ablla said...

How exciting! I especially like the photo where you can see him smiling :-)

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Christine said...

Wonderful! Love all the pictures.

Erika Rowland said...

Awesome! I don;t allow my girls to serve...my oldest son is now away at college and no longer serving :-( so I can't wait for the 20 mth old son to be up there serving. Two different gifts, two very different callings, one happy mama to be given the honor to raise them up to "know, love and serve Him".

Eva said...

Hello Allison,

My son is working on memorizing the altar boy's responses for the Latin Mass. Is there any resource you would recommend for this? Are there any good children's resources to explain the Latin Mass? Thanks for any information you can give me.

Allison said...

Hi Eva,

So wonderful that your boys are learning!

My husband did all the training with them. I will ask him for resources and post them. I know one was an audio that he put on their ipods and they did have some forms with the pronunciation spelled out. They watched the Mass a lot and practiced afterwards.

Eva said...

Thank you, Allison. I look forward to finding out more from you.

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