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

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.

No Creed or intercessions:

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

If you wonder about the elimination of the Creed, it is a liturgical custom when a substantial ritual is included in the celebration of Mass. Note that this prescription would hold for an ordination taking place on a Sunday.

ORDINATION OF A PRIEST

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

In practice, this means the homily is included in the ordination ritual.

CALLING OF THE CANDIDATE

10. The candidate is called by the deacon:

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

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

PRESENTATION OF THE CANDIDATE

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

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

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.

ELECTION BY THE BISHOP AND CONSENT OF THE PEOPLE

13. Bishop:

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

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

Does local custom include applause in some places? This is pretty tame stuff; no comments?

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Priest 6-13

  1. Steve says:

    Where are you getting the text of the ordination rite? I’d love to have it electronically.

    Can you email me?

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