Stages of Formation

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»  Pre-Theology

RITES OF PASSAGE:

admission to
CANDIDACY 


Seminary 2012

 

institution as
ACOLYTE


Seminary 2013

 

 

institution as
LECTOR


Seminary 2013

 

 

ordination to the
DIACONATE


Lincoln 2013

 

 

ordination to the
PRIESTHOOD


Allentown 2013

 

In this rite, the one who aspires to ordination publicly manifests his will to offer himself to God and the Church to exercise a sacred order. In this way, he is admitted into the ranks of candidates for the diaconate.

"The acolyte is instituted for service at the altar and to assist the Priest and Deacon. It is his place principally to prepare the altar and the sacred vessels and, if necessary, to distri-bute the Eucharist to the faithful as an extraordinary minister."
(» GIRM #98)
"The lector is instituted to proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel. He may also announce the intentions for the Universal Prayer and, in the absence of a psalmist, recite the Psalm between the readings."
(» GIRM #99)
"Deacons are ordained as a sacramental sign to the Church and to the world of Christ, who came 'to serve and not to be served.'
The entire Church is called by Christ to serve, and the deacon, in virtue of his sacramental ordination and through his various ministries, is to be a servant in a servant-Church."
(» USCCB)

"By this ritual (laying on of hands) the ordaining bishop and the other priests invoke the Holy Spirit to come down upon the one to be ordained, giving him a sacred character and setting him apart for the designated ministry."
(» USCCB)