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Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Priest 14

As with the ordination of a deacon, the bishop is given a homily of sorts. While he may or may not use these words, they do indicate some of the Church’s public theology: 14. Then all sit, and the bishop … Continue reading

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Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Priest 6-13

The pre-homily portion of the ordination of a priest unfolds in a similar way to that of the deacon. First, the readings of the day may be used or readings from the ritual Mass for ordination: LITURGY OF THE WORD … Continue reading

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Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Priest 1-5

The introduction to the Ordination of a Priest has five sections. The first two are virtually identical to the prescriptions for a diaconate ordination: 1. The ordination of a priest should take place on a Sunday or holy day, when … Continue reading

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Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Deacon 27-28

The end of the diaconate ordination posts: LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST 27. The Order of Mass is followed with these changes: a) The new deacon brings the offerings for the celebration to the bishop and assists him at the altar. … Continue reading

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Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Deacon 22-26

After the deacon is consecrated, some visible rituals follow: INVESTITURE WITH STOLE AND DALMATIC 22. After the prayer of consecration, the bishop, wearing his miter, sits, and the newly ordained stands. An assisting deacon or priest puts a deacon’s stole … Continue reading

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Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Deacon 21

Section 21 gives a brief rubric, then the lengthy consecration prayer. I call your attention to the style and structure of the prayer. A short petition is followed by seven statements of faith, recently latched onto by some conservative Catholics … Continue reading

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Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Deacon 16-20

Before we get to the meaty consecration, let’s look at the rituals in between the candidate’s promises and the bishop’s long prayer. First up, the candidate promises obedience to his present and future bishops: PROMISE OF OBEDIENCE 16. Then the … Continue reading

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Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Deacon 15

Section 15 contains the examination of the deacon candidate by the bishop. The questions asked teach us something of the Church’s expectations for the diaconate ministry. EXAMINATION OF THE CANDIDATE 15. The candidate then stands before the bishop who ques­tions … Continue reading

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Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Deacon 14

Section 14 of the diaconate ordination rite deals first with the homily. This was one of the first reformed rites after Vatican II, so they get a little particular about telling the bishop what to do: 14. Then all sit, … Continue reading

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Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Deacon 6-13

Let’s roll the diaconate ordination top just before the homily. First, a liturgy of the word, which may or may not include readings from the ritual Mass. I don’t know why they wouldn’t, unless a day is selected in which … Continue reading

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Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Deacon 1-5

Chapter II of the treats the ordination of a deacon. A reminder that many liturgists neglect reading the rites, especially the introductions and the texts that precede the actual “red and black.” These tell us as much or more about … Continue reading

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Approval of New Ordination Rites, Part 5: Conclusion

Last post on Pope Paul’s 1968 apostolic constitution, then back to liturgy. I promise. After Paul VI lays out matter and form for ordination, he wraps up the document thus: This rite for the conferring of the sacred orders of … Continue reading

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Approval of New Ordination Rites, Part 4: Matter and Form

I have a vague awareness that some radical believers hold to some disdain for the post-conciliar ordination rites. I can’t say I’ve followed those arguments at all. In the following part of the apostolic constitution, Paul VI expresses his leadership … Continue reading

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Approval of New Ordination Rites, Part 3: Presbyters and Deacons

Two council documents, on the Church, and on the ministry and life of priests, are quoted to start off: With regard to presbyters, the following should be recalled from acts of the Second Vatican Council: “Although presby­ters do not possess … Continue reading

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Approval of New Ordination Rites, Part 2: On Bishops

We continue Pope Paul VI’s apostolic constitution on the approval of new ordination rites. This post, the Holy Father covers the bishops. First, a long quote from Lumen Gentium, on which we blogged about two years ago. The holy Synod … Continue reading

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