Monday, November 28, 2011

Archbishop of Ottawa Confers Minor Orders at FSSP Seminary

For the past week and a half or so, I've been meaning to find an opportunity to share the following photos, which will give us some more views of the FSSP's splendid new chapel in their North American seminary, but also a view into something we do not show here too often: the conferral of the minor orders.

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, the bishop of Ottawa (Canada), conferred the minor orders of porter, lector, acolyte and exorcist on November 13th. But before we turn to the photos, here is what Archbishop Prendergast said on his own blog about this:

Some time back, I was invited to travel to Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary (OLGS) outside Lincoln, Nebraska to officiate at the conferral of minor orders for seminarians of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP).

Having had good relations with the FSSP priests at Ottawa's St. Clement Parish... I was open to the suggestion even though I had only rarely celebrated in the Extraordinary Form (EO), which follows the Missal of John XXIII of 1962, that I had known in my early formation from having served Mass.

So we fixed on the second weekend in November and agreed that the staff and seminarians of OLGS would assist me in coping with the liturgical requirements of a Pontifical High Mass.

... During my stay I learned that Ottawa was the first diocese in the world to entrust a parish to the care of the Fraternity!

Those receiving the minor order of Porter place their hands upon keys

The book of the epistles are handed to those receiving the minor order of Lector

A book containing the rite of exorcism is placed in the hands of those receiving the minor order of Exorcist

Candle and cruets (see below) are the symbols associated with the minor order of Acolyte

Images: FSSP, Alex Begin

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