Ordinations 2008 (Part One)
After the ordination Mass, fr Bruno gives his first blessing to those present. Above, fr Bruno’s father, who is a permanent deacon in the diocese of Arundel & Brighton receives a blessing from his newly-ordained son.
Having been judged worthy of ordination, called by the Bishop and acclaimed by the people, the ordinands are examined concerning their willingness to take on the office and duties of a priest. They then promise obedience to their Ordinary.
All then kneel and invoke the intercession of the saints as the ordinands prostrate themselves and ask for God’s blessing on what they are about to undertake.
In silence, the bishop lays his hands on the ordinands, and all the priests present do likewise. The bishop then says the prayer of consecration which includes these words:
“Lord, grant also to us such fellow workers, for we are weak and our need is greater. Almighty Father, grant to these servants of yours the dignity of the priesthood. Renew within them the spirit of holiness…”
The newly-ordained priests are then assisted by fellow priests who vest them in the priest’s stole and chasuble
The bishop then anoints the hands of the priests, saying: “The Father anointed our Lord Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. May Jesus preserve you to sanctify the Christian people and to offer sacrifice to God.”
fr Benedict and fr Alistair take their place around the altar as concelebrants with the bishop and their fellow priests.