Let the sons of the Church, the children of the new people, rejoice in Christ, their King.
—Hesychius, from Christian Prayer: The Liturgy of the Hours
(Preface to Psalm 149, Sunday Morning Prayer, Week I, p.710)
“Sons of the Church.” What a glorious phrase! One year ago on July 27, 2008, I was received into the one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church by Fr. Jay Scott Newman at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Greenville, SC. “Let the sons of the Church rejoice in Christ.” How could it be otherwise? After three years of study and prayer, promise became reality: So now in His eyes I have become one to be welcomed (Song 8:10b NAB).
“Sons of the Church.” I, through the greatness of your love, have access to Your house (Psalm 5:7/8, The Grail Translation). Access to the communion of saints; access to reverent, transcendent worship; access to the Sacraments—particularly confession and the Sacrament of Penance and, most of all, Christ’s Body and Blood in the Eucharist (John 6). How? By grace alone. All by God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8-10).
Recently, I read a deeply moving article by Robert Miola in First Things. He describes his oldest daughter’s final vows upon entering religious life:
She makes “an oblation to God of all my being . . . in order to be a concrete imprint which the Holy Spirit leaves in history that all men may discover the attraction and longing for the divine beauty.
Dear God! I am still so far from being the imprint that I want to be; that You have called me to be. Yet, by grace, You have welcomed me and given me access to Your house. May I be the handiwork You created me to be, ever advancing in the good works which You prepared in advance for me to do (Ephesians 2:10).