Bogotá, Colombia, May 9, 2013 / 11:00 am
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.