We are pleased to offer to our blog readers the full length high-definition (HD) video of the Rite of Ordination to the Subdiaconate and Rite of Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood celebrated by His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke (Cardinal Patronus of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (ICKSP) held last Thursday, August 2, 2018, at the St. Francis de Sales Oratory, St. Louis, MO. This includes additional footage outside the church and close up views of the sanctuary. Feel free to share!
Upon invitation by Bishop David Zubik, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest will be establishing a new apostolate at the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Effective October 15, 2018, two priests of the Institute will assume responsibility as Administrator and Parochial Vicar for St. John XXIII Parish, as announced during Sunday masses last April 29 (view two-page letter from the bishop below).
The Traditional Latin Mass is offered daily at Saint John XXIII Parish in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
For more information about the parish, visit http://stjohnxxiiiparish.org
The Institute’s apostolate, St. Francis de Sales Oratory, recently made it to the finals of an interesting online contest titled “Church Madness 2017: National Churchpionship”, where it’s competing with St. James Church (Louisville, Kentucky) for the title of “America’s Most Beautiful Church”! The competition even got to be featured on this Fox TV segment. Click here to vote (voting ends on Thursday, April 6 at 11:59PM Central Time) and let’s help make St. Francis de Sales the Most Beautiful Church in America!
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Tomorrow’s Pontifical Mass (Extraordinary Form) to be celebrated by Raymond Cardinal Burke at St. Margaret Mary will be available for viewing live via YouTube (click here). While mass starts at 12:30 PM (PST), the YouTube channel will start to broadcast sometime before mass. This will be shown as well at the Father Kozina Hall via overhead projector where additional seats will accommodate the expected big number of faithful attending. A priest will go down the hall to distribute Holy Communion. After mass (4PM), a welcome reception at the Cathedral of Christ the Light (2121 Harrison St, Oakland, CA 94612) will take place, concluding with a Solemn Benediction at 5PM. Feel free to check our main website (where the YouTube video will also be available as well).
We are pleased to share with you the full-length HD video of last Sunday’s Inaugural Solemn High Mass of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit, MI. Photos of this special event will be posted shortly.
Picture: Mgsr. Gilles Wach during the Domine Non Sum Dignus
On the Domine Non Sum Dignus
The rite of communion includes a two fold ceremony. The communion of the priest solemnly precedes the one of the faithful. The reason could be just caused by the fact that the priest might have no people assisting at his Mass, but this does not seem to be the real reason. Priests indeed are only allowed to say private Masses without an altar server since a very recent time.
The motive of the double rite of communion is Continue reading
The 7 Steps of Ordination
Part V: The Ordination of Priests, continued
After the laying on of hands and the consecratory preface, the Bishop vests the newly ordained priest in the vestments of the priesthood. At the beginning of the ceremony, the candidate wears the stole over the left shoulder (as do all other deacons). The Bishop places the stole around the right shoulder and crosses it in front. The crossed stole symbolizes the state of obedience of the priest under the bishop. The priest then receives the chasuble, with the back of the vestment folded, while the bishop says, “Take the vestment of the priesthood which signifies Continue reading
The 7 Steps of Ordination Part IV: The Diaconate
In the first three parts of this series, we have seen the progression of the cleric through the minor orders up to the first of the major, or “sacred orders,” the sub-diaconate. The diaconate carries with it new graces and privileges in the service of God and Holy Mother Church. The deacon receives the Book of the Gospels during his ordination and thus the power to read or chant the Holy Gospel for “the living and the dead.” Other than the teaching function of the Scriptures, the very act of proclaiming the Gospel is considered an act of worship in the Mass. Whereas a lower cleric can substitute for the sub-deacon and read the prophecies or the epistle, no lower cleric may substitute for the deacon in reading the Gospel. Along with proclaiming the Gospel, the deacon also receives for the first time the right to preach in the Church.
The deacon aids the priest at the altar by preparing the Continue reading
The 7 Steps of Ordination Part III
In the first two parts of this series, we have seen how the Church disposes her seminarians for the grace of the holy priesthood through the reception of four minor orders: that is, the orders of porter, lector, exorcist, and acolyte. Now we will turn our attention to the major or sacred orders.
In the ordination of acolytes, there is already a foretaste of the major orders, since the acolyte, by his function, is designated to assist the sacred ministers in the liturgical functions of the holy sacrifice of the Mass. However, the sub-deacon is given an even greater role. As his name suggests, he is the servant of the deacon at the altar. This aspect of the sub-diaconate is represented by the manner in which the sub-deacon presents the chalice and the cruets at the offertory. The deacon pours the wine into the chalice and the sub-deacon pours the water. Also, while the deacon chants the holy Gospel, it is the sub-deacon who holds the book for him. Furthermore, during the Mass the sub-deacon never sits nor covers his head while the deacon fulfills his liturgical functions.
The sub-deacon chants the books of the prophets and the epistles, which are preparations for the highest doctrine of the Gospel. This is one reason why the sub-deacon holds the paten with the humeral veil before his face during the Canon. He represents the Old Testament, in which the fullness of Christ’s glory was still veiled and no one could look upon the face of God and live (e.g. Exodus 33:12-22).
The sub-deacon is thus the servant of the servants of God (the word deacon in Greek means “servant”). In this, he ought to imitate the humility of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who said to his apostles: “I am in the midst of you as one who serves” (St Luke 22:27).
The Church calls upon the sub-deacon to unite the virtue of humility to a perfect chastity. Before his ordination, the Bishop warns him that, whereas before he had been free to leave the clerical state, now he will make a permanent commitment to clerical celibacy. He also takes on the obligation of reciting the entire office. The prayer of the office both glorifies God and gives the sub-deacon the graces necessary to fulfill his sacred duties.
Here at St. Margaret Mary’s Church, we have our own sub-deacon, Abbé Kevin, who fulfills beautifully this role of servant of the servants of God. Let’s keep him in our prayers and thank God for the grace of his vocation among us!
Abbe Ryan Post, 4th Year Seminarian for the ICRSS