Photo: Marshall Family, 1 hour after the birth
Deo gratias. Our sixth child was born yesterday.
Blaise Christopher Marshall was born healthy and happy at 1:06am. My bride is also healthy and recovering well. Still, please say a Hail Mary for her.
Baby Blaise will receive the sacrament of baptism in order to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become a new creature in Christ, tomorrow morning after Holy Mass.
The baptism will be the Latin baptism of the 1962 Rituale Romanum with the "salt of wisdom" in the mouth, all the exorcisms, spit on the ears and nostrils, signs of the cross, etc. We'll also have the traditional "Churching of Women" liturgy for Joy.
Please, if you will, say a prayer for little Blaise Christopher. Please pray that he will receive the gift of perseverance and one day die a holy death in the state of grace - as we pray at the end of the baptismal rite:
Take this white robe and keep it spotless until you arrive at the judgment seat of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you may be rewarded with everlasting life.
Take this burning candle as a reminder to keep your baptismal innocence. Obey God's commandments, so that when our Lord comes for the joyous wedding feast you may go forth to meet Him with all the saints in the halls of heaven, and be happy with Him forevermore.
Thank you for all the prayers!
ad Jesum per Mariam,
Lord Jesus, have mercy.
Saint Blaise, pray for us.
Saint Christopher, pray for us.