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 they couldn’t be changed.

6. The liturgy of the word takes place. according to the rubrics.

7, The readings may be taken in whole or in part from the Mass of the day or from the texts listed in Chapter VI.

8. The profession of faith is not said, nor are the general intercessions.

Even on a Sunday, I would think.

Ordination begins just after the gospel reading:

9. The ordination of a deacon begins after the gospel. The bishop, wearing his miter, sits at his chair.

The candidate is called:

10. The candidate is called by the deacon:

Let N. who is to be ordained deacon please come forward.

11. The candidate answers: Present, and goes to the bishop, before whom he makes a sign of reverence.

12. When the candidate is in his place before the bishop, the priest designated by the bishop says:

Most Reverend Father, holy mother Church asks you to ordain this man, our brother, for service as deacon.

The bishop asks:

Do you judge him to be worthy?

He answers:

After inquiry among the people of Christ and upon recommendation of those concerned with his training, I testify that he has been found worthy.


13. Bishop:

We rely on the help of the Lord God and our Savior Jesus Christ, and we choose this man, our brother, for the order of deacons.

All present say: Thanks be to God, or give their assent to the choice in some other way, according to local custom.


On #12, why wouldn’t the bishop’s designate be a deacon?

Next up, the homily.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Deacon 6-13

  1. Liam says:


    I believe that the role of vouching for candidates for ordination to the bishop (even of priests, btw) was for many centuries held by the mighty office of archdeacon (archdeacons were more powerful than archpriests in jurisdictional (albeit not sacramental) terms), an office that fell into disuse in the Roman church after Trent, when it became an empty formality.

    I suspect the “priest” envisioned here is the rector of the seminary, but to accommodate the variety of titles of office that might be involved, it’s kept generic.

  2. FrMichael says:

    Re: n. 12

    In my experience it is (1) the seminary rector or vocation director for transitional deacons or (2) the person in charge of permanent diaconal formation (a priest in Northern CA) who speaks here.

    But now that you mention it, it is interesting that a priest is named in the rubrics.

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