Monday, May 13, 2013

Children's Mass

Is that a mantelletta?
... and look at the silver ware!


A three-year-old Colombian boy has garnered attention across the internet for a video in which he dons priestly garments and “celebrates” Mass, reciting the liturgy from memory.
Samuel Jaramillo, who is an orphan, lives with his grandmother and an aunt in the city of Medellin. When family members posted a video of the boy pretending to celebrate Mass on YouTube, it gained rapid popularity, attracting nearly 300,000 views in just over a week.
His relatives told reporters that last Christmas, Jaramillo did not ask for toys like most kids his age. Instead, he wanted “priest’s clothes” and the objects necessary to “celebrate” Mass.
He has learned to recite the Mass from memory with the corresponding pauses, intonations and gestures of an experienced priest.

It is interesting, in so far as it raises issues of how even three year olds perceive the sacred liturgy.


Carlos said...

If he had been ordained (and it is possible to ordain him validly) the Mass would certainly be valid.

Pétrus said...

I thought that was heart-warming

parepidemos said...

Carlos, It would not be possible to validly ordain a 3 year old.

Canon Law (1031.1) states "The presbyterate is not to be conferred except on those who have completed the twenty-fifth year of age and possess sufficient maturity". While 1031.4 allows for a dispensation of more than a year (reserved to the Holy See), a three year old hardly possesses the required "sufficient maturity".

akp5401 said...

He even gave a homily! Bless him!

Chrissy said...

What a lovely boy .

Carmencita said...

I love watching this video clip, it makes me proud to be Latin American. Thank you for sharing.