On April 29th, 2009, Arthur and Gawain received the Traditional Sacrament of Confirmation according to the Gregorian Rite.  For the first time in more than forty years, young men and women in our parish and diocese were recipients of the ancient rite, with all its pomp, splendor and simplicity.

As has always been the tradition of the Church, this Sacrament was conferred outside of the Holy Mass, thus preserving the separateness of the sacraments.  Though our dear Bishop was unable to be present for reasons of poor health, Monsignor Stephen Moloney, Vicar/Chancellor of the Diocese of Columbus filled in admirably and was assisted by Holy Family’s pastor, Fr. Kevin Lutz.

As a beautiful illustration of the unifying nature of the Latin liturgy, thirty-five young people adhering to both the Ordinary and the Extraordinary Forms of the Mass were confirmed in the Traditional Rite, to the delight of the entire parish.

The most beautiful image of the evening:  the beatific smile on the face of our good pastor, Fr. Lutz.  He radiated such joy, such delight as he faced each young man and young woman…no “Father” was ever so proud!  The ceremony concluded with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.  A perfect ending for such a profound and moving experience.

Here’s a slideshow that captures a bit of the essence of the event.  Thanks to my sweet Clementine for all the lovely photos:

Lovely, isn’t it?  And, to quote Fr. Lutz…the Traditional Rite of Confirmation is here to stay.

Deo Gratias!