Oregon Archbishop Uses 1962 Latin Rite to Baptize Youngest Baby of 12: “I Was Reminded of Why I Became a Priest”

Lucas Richard Photography

This is so beautiful!

Archbishop Alexander K. Sample of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon announced a baptism he recently administered in the 1962 Latin Rite.

He also celebrated the Extraordinary Form Mass, also known as the Tridentine Mass, or the Traditional Latin Mass.

He explained the baptism, along with a link to the photos of the beautiful event:

“I had the wonderful privilege yesterday of baptizing the 12th child, Benedict Alexander, of Tricia and Chad Cmelja at All Saints Parish in Minneapolis,” Archbishop Sample said in this Facebook post.

“Tricia was the leader of my youth group in my first parish in Bark River, Michigan when she was a high school junior. I witnessed their marriage 22 years ago.

“The baptism was according to the 1962 Rite and followed my celebration of an Extraordinary Form Mass at the parish. Enjoy the photos of this happy event…I was reminded of why I became a priest 29 years ago!”

Here’s Archbishop Sample’s full post below:

@bishopalexandersample, Facebook

Here’s more photos of this beautiful Latin Rite Mass & Baptism:

Note: Photos used with permission. Courtesy of Lucas Richard Photography.

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Archbishop Sample’s post received almost 1,000 reactions, more than 50 comments, and nearly 100 shares.

Here’s what some people said about his post:

“What an honor to have you baptize our new little grandson! We so enjoyed our two days with you!” said the baby’s grandmother Pat Schaffer.

“It just makes us miss you all the more! You are so special to all our family & wished that grandpa Art could have been there also. Our heartfelt thank you Archbishop Sample.”

 

Commenter Mike Berger added, “Thank you for celebrating the traditional rits of our Church, your Excellency!!”

Commenter Dee McKenna said, This is how it should be always! Bless you for making it a truly blessed and memorable baptism that will be remembered for a lifetime!”

Commenter Cookie Gascon also said, “Big Catholic families are priceless ❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏”

How beautiful! Thank you, Archbishop Alexander K. Sample!

[See also: Fascinating Historical Re-Enactment of What a 15th C. Latin Mass Looked Like]

[See also: Did You Know the Baptismal Rite Includes an Exorcism?]