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 and then a dalmatic on him.

23. Meanwhile, the following antiphon may be sung with Psalm 84.

Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.

The antiphon is repeated after every two verses. Glory to the Father is not said. The psalm is interrupted and the antiphon repeated when the dalmatic has been put on the deacon.

Any other appropriate song may be sung.

PRESENTATION OF THE BOOK OF THE GOSPELS

24. Vested as a deacon, the newly ordained goes to the bishop and kneels before him. The bishop places the Book of the Gospels in the hands of the newly ordained and says:

Receive the Gospel of Christ, whose herald you now are.

Believe what you read, teach what you believe,

and practice what you teach.

KISS OF PEACE

25. Lastly, the bishop stands and gives the kiss of peace to the new deacon, saying:

Peace be with you.

The deacon responds:

And also with you.

If circumstances permit, the deacons present also give the kiss of peace to the newly ordained.

26. Meanwhile, the following antiphon may be sung with Psalm 146.

If anyone serves me, says the Lord, my Father in heaven will honor him.

The antiphon is repeated after every two verses. Glory to the Father is not said. The psalm is interrupted and the antiphon repeated when all have received the kiss of peace.

Any other appropriate song may be sung.

The songs that accompany the investiture and especially the sign of peace merit comment. Most all liturgists there days reject the notion of a “peace song,” something that reached its peak popularity in the seventies. When this rite was drawn up, actually.

Compare and contrast the present day instruction that the sign of peace should not be prolonged and that during an ordination liturgy, the presumption is that the ritual will be long enough to merit multiple verses of Psalm 146.

Thoughts?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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2 Responses to Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Deacon 22-26

  1. Liam says:

    Because the current ritual of the Pax in the Mass is not a revival of the old ritual of the Pax, and the ordination ritual hearkens a tad bit closer to the old ritual.

    Pax-boards, anyone?

  2. In my experience, the sign of peace at diaconate ordinations function somewhat the way that the laying on of hands does at a presbyteral ordination — i.e. as a sign of collegiality (though, ecclesiastically speaking, deacons do not form a “college” in the way that bishops or presbyters do). At least here in Baltimore, all the deacons of the diocese who are present (typically as many as 100) will give the sign of peace to the newly ordained, which can make the ceremony quite lengthy.

    As Liam suggests, the location makes a difference. Being more or less at the end of the liturgy of the word, and not between the Eucharistic Prayer and Communion, I suspect folks don’t mind as much if the pax goes on for a while.

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