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 him:

My son, before you are ordained a deacon, you must declare before the people your intention to undertake this office.

Are you willing to be ordained for the Church’s minis­try by the laying on of hands and the gift of the Holy Spirit?

The candidate answers:

I am.

Bishop:

Are you resolved to discharge the office of deacon with humility and love in order to assist the bishop and the priests and to serve the people of Christ?

Candidate:

I am.

Bishop:

Are you resolved to hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience as the Apostle urges, and to proclaim this faith in word and action as it is taught by the Gospel and the Church’s tradition?

Candidate:

I am.

Bishop:

Are you resolved to maintain and deepen a spirit of prayer appropriate to your way of life and, in keeping with what is required of you, to celebrate faithfully the liturgy of the hours for the Church and for the whole world?

Candidate:

I am.

Bishop:

Are you resolved to shape your way of life always according to the example of Christ, whose body and blood you will give to the people?

Candidate:

I am, with the help of God.

Commentary:

In order, the importance of the laying on of hands and the agency of the Holy Spirit. Then the loving, humble service of the people in collaboration with the bishop and priests. Then the proclamation of faith. Then the prayer life of the deacon. Then following the example of Christ.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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