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Saturday, 16 January 2016 06:03

Blessed, Broken and Given

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(Part Two in a series.)

The Holy Gospel that was chosen by Deacon Harry for the Ordination Mass was taken from the Gospel according to Luke - the multiplication of the loaves and fishes.

After the proclamation of the Holy Gospel by Deacon Alen, the Rite of Ordination begins.  Deacon Harry's name is called and he responds that he is present.  He is then brought forward by his family and presented to the bishop.  They are led forward by a group of drummers and singers dressed in the local attire of the Madang Province, from where his family originates.  A member of the family speaks in their name of how they are giving there son to the Church to serve as a priest.  The bishop thanks them, welcomes Harry and then leads him to his place near the altar.

Next, a senior priest testifies that Deacon Harry is indeed prepared to accept the priestly ministry... and the people respond with their approval.

Next, in his homily, Bishop Donald told Harry that as a priest, he will be a Eucharistic man, following in the footsteps of Jesus Himself.  He will be like the bread spoken of in the gospel reading, blessed, broken and given in service to the People of God.

After the homily, the bishop asks Deacon Harry a series of questions to make sure that he understands and accepts all of the serious responsibilites that he is about to undertake as a priest.

Then, the church on earth calls upon the assistance of the church in heaven in the Litany of Saints, that was led by the FSM Sisters.  Before the Litany, members of the family carry up a mat upon which Deacon Harry will prostrate himself during the chanting of the Litany.  The prostration gesture is a symbol of humility.  The priesthood is a ministry given by God for self-giving service.

 

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