On Saturday, little man and I headed to St. Bede's in Williamsburg, Virginia for the Rite of Sending. Since he is over the age of seven, he is in a children's version of RCIA called CICA. This Saturday he met a bishop for the first time. He was so nervous to meet him and compared it to meeting the Chuck e Cheese mascot when he was little. Apparently he was scared of the Chuck e Cheese mascot and remembers it vividly. I laughed and so did everyone around us when he told me that.
During the service, he learned of his Rites and Responsibilities as a christian. The few that stood out to me were the responsibility to be an active member of the christian community at home, in the church, in the community, at work, spiritually; living a christian life and spreading the Word of God through your thoughts, words and actions are your responsibility in addition to attending Mass, receiving the Sacraments, etc. The Rite to ask questions and receive answers, correct, thorough answers, stood out above above all others. It could have been the delivery or that it spoke to me, but I really liked hearing that it is our Rite to ask and to be answered regardless of the question. This is the beginning of little man's journey and he is responsible for his continual spiritual learning.
The church was gorgeous! We both loved the crucifix and the organ pipes! The crucifix is moved around the church floor to various locations depending on the season. Being able to be very close and even touch the crucifix was surreal. It's normally hung high for all to genuflect to.
|Organ pipes and horns at the back of the Church|
|Organ pipes at the front of the Church|