Monday, April 6, 2009
1st communion for little king
The Associated Press reports that seven-year-old King Michael of Rumania received his first Holy Communion today. After fasting for two weeks from milk, meat and other animal products, the king confessed his sins to the Patriarch. He was granted full absolution for his sins.
Michael was accompanied by his "sad but stately mother, Princess Helen." She told that Patriarch that she sat at her son's bedside night after night until he could recite his prayers in Rumanian "without hesitation."
Michael's voice was trembling when he recited a children's' prayer, "all the loving Angel of Angels who protects childhood," without missing a single word.
His mother embraced him and gave him a kiss on the forehead. She also presented her son with a Bible. Princess Helen told her son that the Bible "shall be your guide and comfort in the serious hours of your life, which for crowned heads are more troubled than for others."
The young king will turn eight in October.