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Posted in Seminary and Vocations on August 11, 2017

The highpoint and crowning moment of the scholastic year at St. Philip Neri International Seminary, Ordination Week is the opportunity to manifest devotion to Christ our King and Sovereign Priest, fidelity to His Church in union with her bishops, and reverence for the edifying traditions of Holy Mother Church.

Reception of the Cassock

This week of grace began on Monday, July 3, when 12 seminarians, having completed their first year of seminary formation, received the Roman cassock from the Prior General of the Institute, Monsignor Gilles Wach. Following this ceremony in the beautiful Florentine Church of Saints Michael and Gaetano, Monsignor Wach offered the Solemn High Mass. The soon-to-be-ordained deacons, having made their profession of faith, also participated in the incardination ceremony, pledging their fidelity to the Institute Constitutions as approved by the Church.

Tonsure and Minor Orders

On the following day, July 4, the Most Reverend Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury in the United Kingdom, conferred the clerical tonsure upon these same 12 seminarians. His Excellency likewise administered the various Minor Orders of Porter, Lector, Exorcist, and Acolyte, to over 40 other seminarians.

Major Orders of Deacon and Subdeacon

July 5, the Most Reverend Archbishop Guido Pozzo, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, ordained 8 deacons and 5 subdeacons. As the clergy and congregation of faithful participated in chanting of the Litany of the Saints, the 13 total ordinands lay prostrate in humble supplication in the Church of Saints Michael and Gaetano. The new deacons and subdeacons include 6 Americans and 1 Canadian. The other newly-ordained men originate from Spain, France, Argentina, and Brazil.

Conferral of the Choir Habit and Cross of St Francis de Sales

The new deacons and priests also receive the Cross of St. Francis de Sales which is an essential part of the choir habit. This Cross is very similar to the one given by the holy Bishop and Doctor to the Order of the Visitation which he founded. According to the design of the saint, there is no visible corpus, or body of the crucified Christ, on this Cross, because he who wears it is himself to be the living corpus by imitating in his own person the sufferings and patience of Jesus crucified. The Choir habit is primarily worn by the Canons and Deacons, along with the clerical oblate brothers of the Institute, when they gather together in community to chant the Divine Office morning, noon, and evening.

Ordination to the Priesthood

On Thursday, July 6, His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Cardinal Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, ordained 6 priests, including 2 Americans, 1 German, and 3 French. The Pontifical Mass of Ordination was offered in honor of Our Lord Jesus Christ Eternal High Priest. The hundreds of faithful who assisted at this Liturgy were moved by the inspiring combination of the beautiful vestments, the melodious polyphony and chant, and the harmonious ceremonial movements of the ministers in the sanctuary. These highly symbolic rites help the faithful to more fully understand and appreciate the spiritual reality of the holy Priesthood of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Solemn Benediction and Te Deum of Thanskgiving

That same evening, His Eminence, Giuseppe Cardinal Betori, Archbishop of Florence, offered Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament with Te Deum in the seminary chapel of Gricigliano. His Eminence, Cardinal Burke assisted “in choro.” This solemn Liturgy of thanksgiving was a fitting spiritual conclusion to a week of abundant blessings for the Institute and for the Church. Since whole human person should participate in the joy which grace brings to the soul, a festive dinner was then held outdoors in the seminary villa courtyards and terraces for the hundreds of faithful and friends of the Institute who had come for this Ordination Week from many European countries, as well as from the Americas. The fireworks display was the climax of this evening of celebration in gratitude to Christ our King for all of the graces received.

The next day, each of the newly ordained priests offered his First Mass in the presence of many family members, friends, and Institute confreres. For the new priests this was the long-awaited moment! Each day of the seven-year formation they had gathered in the seminary chapels for Holy and the Divine Office several times each day. Now they have the much anticipated privilege to offer their First Mass in these very same seminary chapels dedicated to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, the Mother of all priests, and to the Most Holy Trinity. May God continue to bless the newly-ordained and their families, friends and benefactors who have been supporting their vocation throughout the years!

Please maintain your prayers and support for the 24 seminarians from the United States and Canada who have received the various Minor and Major Orders throughout this week. Thank you!

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