Thursday, April 26, 2012

Let Those To Be Ordained Deacons . . .

On Saturday, April 28, 2012, Bishop Bernard A. Hebda will ordain seminarians Chet Collins and Bryan Medlin to the Transitional Diaconate for the Diocese of Gaylord. For more information...

I would like to ask you all to keep Chet and Bryan in your prayers this Saturday. If you're free on Saturday, you should consider going to the St. Mary's Cathedral for the ordination at 11:00 A.M. Every ordination is an act of renewal for the whole Church.

In the meantime, here is an excerpt from the homily for the Rite of Ordination to the Diaconate which gives a beautiful illustration on the role of deacons:

My son, you are being raised to the order of deacons. The Lord has set an example for you to follow.
As a deacon you will serve Jesus Christ, who was known among his disciples as the one who served others. Do the will of God generously. Serve God and mankind in love and joy. Look upon all unchastity and avarice as worship of false gods; for no man can serve two masters.
Like the men the apostles chose for works of charity, you should be a man of good reputation, filled with wisdom and the Holy Spirit. Show before God and mankind that you are above every suspicion of blame, a true minister of Christ and of God’s mysteries, a man firmly rooted in faith. Never turn away from the hope which the Gospel offers; now you must not only listen to God’s word but also preach it. Hold the mystery of faith with a clear conscience. Express in action what you proclaim by word of mouth. Then the people of Christ, brought to life by the Spirit, will be an offering God accepts. Finally, on the last day, when you go to meet the Lord, you will hear him say: “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.” (Homily for the Rite of Ordination to the Diaconate)