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2017
Aug
11

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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2016
Oct
20

As in previous years, this year's oblate retreat at St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis was an important time for self-reflection, good resolutions, and renewal both spiritual and physical. These few days spent in silence laid the foundation to enhance our hearts' fervor and commitment. Other profitable elements included spiritual conferences, frequenting the sacraments, and communal meals and prayer. The retreat culminated with the solemn celebration of the classical Roman Liturgy.

Our spiritual master, St. Francis de Sales, taught that there is no clock, however good, that will not need taking to pieces each year to perform a comprehensive examination. So it is with our heart, he reminds us, that at least once a year we carefully inspect our affections and passions and repair our defects caused by pride and time. I could not have thought of a better way to do this then this retreat which aided my vocation and duty to grow in holiness and attain true devotion.

 Abbe Kevin Koski
St. Mary’s Oratory, Wausau, Wisconsin

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2016
Aug
6

The highpoint and crowning moment of the academic year at St. Philip Neri International Seminary, Ordination Week is the opportunity to manifest liturgical 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. From July 4-7 about 75 seminarians received the either the clerical tonsure or one of the various Minor and Major Orders.

Reception of the Cassock

This week of grace began on Monday, July 4, when 15 seminarians, having completed their first year of seminary formation, received the Roman cassock from the Prior General of the Institute, Monsignor Gilles Wach. Two clerical oblates received the cassock as well. Following this ceremony in the beautiful Florentine Church of Saints Michael and Gaetano, Monsignor Wach offered the Solemn High Mass in the presence of several hundred faithful and friends.

Tonsure and Minor Orders

On the following day, July 5, the Most Reverend Mario Meini, Bishop of Fiesole and Vice-President of the Italian Bishops Conference, conferred the clerical tonsure upon these same 15 seminarians. During the Holy Mass, His Excellency likewise administered the various Minor Orders of Porter, Lector, Exorcist, and Acolyte, to over 30 other seminarians in the Seminary Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.

Major Orders of Deacon and Subdeacon

On the morning of July 6, 7 deacons and 8 subdeacons were ordained during a Pontifical Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend Robert W. Finn. As the clergy and congregation of faithful participated in chanting the Litany of the Saints, the 15 ordinands lay prostrate in humble supplication in the Church of Saints Michael and Gaetano. The new deacons and subdeacons originate from the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, France, and Germany.

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

The new deacons and priests also received from the Prior General 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 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 7, His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, ordained 11 priests—2 Americans, 1 Brazilian, and 8 French. The Pontifical Mass of Ordination was offered in honor of Our Lord Jesus Christ Eternal High Priest. The church was overflowing with hundreds of people for this Liturgy, which edified the assembly 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, Cardinal Giuseppe Betori, Archbishop of Florence, offered Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament with Te Deum in the seminary chapel of Gricigliano. This solemn Liturgy of thanksgiving was a fitting spiritual conclusion to a week of abundant blessings for the Institute and for the Church.

Since the 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 nearly 1,000 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 11 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 seminary chapel for Holy and the Divine Office several times each day. Now they have the much anticipated privilege to offer their First Mass in this well-beloved spiritual home.  

May God continue to bless the newly-ordained and their families, friends and benefactors who have been supporting their vocation throughout the years! Ad multos annos! 

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2016
Aug
5

Our Pilgrimage Trip with the Institute group was an amazing experience...visiting Rome, Orvieto, Florence and Sienna was a trip of a lifetime for us. By going on the tour, we were able to see and do so much in just 10 days—so much more than we would have been able to traveling on our own.  Everything was taken care of for us—the itinerary, guides, hotels, meals, tickets, and transportation--we just had to be there at the scheduled times for our many varied tours. This freed us to really experience the history of our Catholic Faith...kneeling on the Holy Stairs, sitting in St. Peter's square in the cool of the evening, walking through the stillness of the Catacombs, seeing the chains that once imprisoned St. Paul and standing on ground where both the great suffering and miracles both occurred.

Canon Avis was a wonderful chaplain for our group and was able to offer us daily Mass in holy chapels in amazing locations, which made for very special spiritual memories. Father Ireland, affiliate priest of the Institute, was also with us and had lived in Rome for 5 years so he took us on ‘side’ tours when we had unscheduled time available. Everyone in our group was just lovely--our extended Institute family. 

The culmination of the trip was attending the Ordinations in Florence and being able to visit the seminary, on top of everything else we had done and seen. Being there when

Cardinal Burke ordained 11 new priests--3 of which we have known through their formation years and others who we had only known through pictures, was an incredible joy. The church was filled to capacity with people from all over the world and during the Mass, as we offered our prayers to God in unison, I felt a deep gratitude for being a part of the Universal Church. One of those grace filled moments that will be treasured always.

After looking at photos of St. Philip Neri Seminary for so many years and then to be actually be there was an emotional experience--an indescribable feeling. When we first stepped off the bus at the seminary Abbé Norman was standing in front of us, then a few steps away was soon to be Canons Matheus & Silvey, then Abbé Sampayo, then Canon Apple, and when we turned a corner there was Abbé Kenney and so many more of the young men who have come through St. Louis. As many can attest to, after meeting these fine priests, seminarians, oblates and sisters they become very dear to your heart and seeing them all again brought unspeakable joy.

The evening after the Ordinations, we enjoyed dinner in the seminary courtyard and then watched the spectacular fireworks display from the grass lawn near the ancient wall that I have loved from so many photographs. I could not get over the fact that we were actually there--a part of this beautiful family celebration that takes place every year on this joyful occasion.

I do have to say that we would have been utterly happy to spend the entire trip just being at the seminary--walking in the gardens, sitting at a table in the corner near the moat or praying in the quiet of the chapel would have been a little bit of heaven on earth. The seminary is a place bustling with life, beauty, peace and brimming with joyful men of God--this is where the heart of the Institute of Christ the King can be found!

Our very special thanks to the Institute for the planning and making this Spiritual Pilgrimage available to us. 

With our abundant gratitude,
Michael and Mary Hayworth

 

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Pilgrimage and Ordinations in Italy

2016
Aug
5

On Sunday, July 31, those who attended the 10:15 a.m. mass at Old St. Patrick Oratory in Kansas City, had the opportunity to receive many of the graces which flow from the first solemn mass of a newly ordained priest. In this case, the solemn mass of thanksgiving of a native son of the Oratory, Canon David Silvey, who was ordained a priest of Jesus Christ on July 7 at the Institute’s church of Ss. Michael and Cajetan in Florence by H.E. Raymond Cardinal Burke.    On this festive occasion, the many faithful of Old St. Patrick Oratory as well as the many family members and friends of the new Canon were able to witness the beautiful sacred ceremonies of a first solemn mass.  

The ceremony began with a solemn procession into the church beginning with Old St. Patrick Oratory’s Solemn Mass altar boy team followed by the vice-rector, Canon Glenn Gardner and then the provincial superior of the Institute of Christ the King in the U.S., Canon Matthew Talarico, who also served as the assistant priest to the newly ordained celebrant. The assistant priest for a first solemn mass is a special privilege granted at the first mass of a recently ordained priest (normally reserved for a bishop and other prelates) and his role is to aid the celebrant at the missal during the celebration of the mass. Following the procession, Canon Silvey intoned the “Veni Creator Spiritus,” which was continued by the clergy and choir.  The Veni Creator is customarily sung at a first Solemn mass begging the Holy Ghost to protect and guide the priesthood of the God’s newly anointed. Since it was a Sunday, the Asperges was sung and all those present received the sprinkling with holy water as is the custom. The mass of the 11th Sunday after Pentecost was sung by Old St. Patrick’s choir aided by several seminarians of the Institute who sang the beautiful Gregorian proper of the mass. The provincial superior, Canon Matthew Talarico, preached the sermon in which he stressed the great dignity and duties of the sacred priesthood as well as the necessity of the priest to remain close to the Holy Mother of God, Mary Immaculate. He then pronounced the declaration of a Plenary Indulgence granted by the Apostolic Penitentiary for the occasion which was accorded to all present.

After the solemn mass, the newly ordained Canon imparted his priestly blessing individually to those present and the faithful, in keeping with the traditional custom of the Church, kissed the hands of the new priest.  Following this moving and solemn ceremony, the clergy, family of Canon Silvey, as well as the many friends and faithful of the Oratory enjoyed a lovely reception in honor of the newly ordained priest at the Catholic Center in the diocesan chancery.

Photos courtesy of Mary Felice Kromm

 

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2016
Mar
1

On Thursday, November 26th 2015 Pierre Childeric Bivouli was ordained a Priest for Eternity in Florence, Italy at Ss Michael & Cajetan Church at the hands of His Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke. How fitting that this miracle of grace took place on a day that was both Monsignor Wach’s birthday and Thanksgiving. On the anniversary day of the birth of our founder, Holy Mother Church gave birth to a new priest. On a day Americans (joined by all of the seminarians and Superiors) render thanks, the Institute was blessed with its first Canon from our missions in Gabon. God is good!

Canons from across the world who at one time or another contributed to the priestly formation of our first “Child of the Mission” joyfully gathered in Florence to behold his Ordination. It was also the occasion for a large number of faithful from Gabon to come discover the Seminary. Not only did they attend the magnificent Liturgy, they contributed to it the beauty of their voices. The youth choir from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (which includes Canon Bivouli’s sisters!) sang polyphonic motets during the Ordination. Gabonese Altar boys joined the ranks of the clergy in the procession, certainly inspired by the example of their compatriot. It was truly a sight to behold… the Universal Church in action!

The next day Canon Bivouli celebrated his very first Mass in the Seminary Chapel of the Immaculate Conception; the same chapel that daily nourished and fortified his soul for over 7 years helping him become a Man of God. There he distributed Holy Communion to his parents, his siblings, his friends from back home and his former classmates from grade school.

Let us join the Institute and Holy Mother Church in offering heartfelt gratitude for the immense blessing of a Gabonese Priest. Pray that his generous answering of God’s call may move other young Gabonese men to this life of consecrated service.

 

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2015
Oct
29

The new academic year began at St. Philip Neri International Seminary at the start of September with a spiritual retreat on the theme of the Most Blessed Sacrament as a sign of God's love preached by His Excellency, the Most Reverend Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop in Astana, Kazakhstan. This week of prayer and reflection for the returning seminarians prepare them for the intense year of prayer, study and work as they develop priestly knowledge, along with fraternal charity and other important virtues. His Excellency also offered Pontifical Mass daily in the seminary chapel of the Immaculate Conception, exhorting the seminarians grow in their love and appreciation of the holy Liturgy so that they can teach and form the minds and hearts of the faithful in their future apostolates.

For the 18 men who are entering the seminary, the Institute’s Prior General, Monsignor Gilles Wach, preached their opening retreat at the House of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus in the rural region of Switzerland between the city of Basel and the French border. This large house is the home of the Sisters Adorers, who graciously offered the hospitality of its guest wing for these important days of spiritual introduction to priestly formation for the 18 new seminarians. They come from a variety of countries including the United States, Portugal, Slovenia, Poland, Brazil, France, and Spain. Upon concluding the retreat, the first year seminarians traveled back to Gricigliano to join their older confreres in seminary life.

In your charity, please remember these 84 men in your prayers each day. May the Blessed Virgin Mary guide their steps during these years of formation for the priesthood!

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2015
Aug
2

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop in Chicago, conferred the clerical tonsure and Minor Orders to about fifty seminarians and oblate brothers at the Seminary Chapel on the Commemoration of St. Paul the Apostle, June 30, 2015. In the Tonsure ceremony, the Bishop removes five locks of hair in the shape of the cross in order to denote the renunciation of the vanities of the world. Then each of the newly tonsured receive the white surplice from the Bishop as he exhorts them in the words of St. Paul to put on the justice and sanctity of the new man. 

For the first of the Minor Orders, namely that of Porter, the Bishop presents the clerics with a key symbolizing the keys of the church. The newly ordained then each perform the function associated with the order by opening and closing the door of the chapel and ringing the chapel bell. Those who are ordained as Lectors touch the Lectionary and receive the blessing of the Bishop in order to fulfill their duties to care for sacred books, to chant the liturgical lessons, and according to traditional custom, to bless the first fruits of the harvest. The Exorcists likewise place their hands upon the Ritual and are blessed by the Bishop in this new Order by which they obtain special graces to overcome the temptations of the demon in their own lives. The Acolytes touch the candle as well as the empty wine cruet as a sign that with the blessing of the Church they are now to reflect the light of Christ by exemplary service at the altar and also in the world.

For each seminarian, receiving successive Minor Orders represents a deepening commitment and growing conformance to the humility and dignity of the priesthood. For each clerical oblate who serves the Church as a brother in the family of the Institute, each Minor Order offers the grace to better fulfill his vocation by worthy participation at Holy Mass and in the recitation of the Divine Office, as well as by effectively training others in the apostolates to serve and sing in the Liturgy.

Following the ordination ceremonies His Excellency, Bishop Perry, then continued with the celebration of Low Mass for the many clergy and faithful who were present for this festive occasion.

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2015
Aug
1

On the Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, July 1, His Grace, the Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, ordained 7 deacons and 9 subdeacons including five Americans at the Institute’s Church of Ss. Michele e Gaetano in Florence, Italy.

Ordination of Deacons

The duties of the deacon are to handle the sacred vessels, to be of service to the priests and Bishops especially in the Liturgy), to chant the Gospel at the Mass, to be general stewards, and to serve the widows and orphans. This Order is Sacramental, and the first of the three divinely-instituted grades of the hierarchy of Orders, the others being the priesthood and the episcopate.

Having led the assembly in the Litany of the Saints during which those to be ordained lie prostrate as a humble sign of their complete reliance upon heavenly intercession, the Bishop then  confers the diaconate by imposing one hand on the head in the course of a preface of consecration. Afterwards the Bishop vests the newly-ordained deacon in the liturgical garments of his Order:  the outer dalmatic and the stole which is worn over the left shoulder and under the dalmatic. Finally, the new deacons touch the Book of the Gospels, thereby receiving the duty to chant the Word of God and to preach it with wisdom, charity and zeal.

Ordination of Subdeacons

The subdiaconate was only generally considered a major order in the Latin Church during the Middle Ages. Thus, a subdeacon does not receive the laying on of hands at his ordination. Instead, the bishop hands to him an empty chalice and paten, cruets of wine and water, and the Book of the Epistles and gives a particular blessing. The Bishop also invests the subdeacon in the vestments of his order: the amice (worn about the neck and shoulders), the maniple (worn on the left arm), and the large outer garment called the tunicle. Unlike the deacon, priest, and bishop, the subdeacon never wears a stole.

The roles of a subdeacon at Solemn High Mass include the chanting of the Epistle, holding the Gospel book while theDeacon chants the Gospel, and assisting the deacon in serving the priest at the altar. The subdeacon brings the chalice to the altar at the Offertory while wearing the humeral veil. He continues to wear it while holding the paten during a large part of Solemn High Mass, from the Offertory to the Our Father.

Subdeacons pledge to live a life of clerical celibacy and to recite the Divine Office each day. They are also specially charged to care for the linens used at the altar during Holy Mass. The subdiaconate is thus a very important step in the formation of a cleric who is preparing for the priesthood.

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2015
Aug
1

On July 2, the Feast of the Visitation, feast so dear to St. Francis de Sales, patron of the Institute, eleven men were ordained to the holy priesthood by His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patronus of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, at the Church of Ss. Michael and Cajetan in Florence, Italy. The eleven new priests include one American, one Canadian, one British, one Spaniard, while the other seven are natives of France. Many hundreds of faithful came from around the world to witness this heavenly Liturgy of Priestly Ordination which is described below. 

The ordination of a priest takes place within the Mass following the Epistle and sung Gradual verse and just before the Alleluia verse. The bishop is seated on the faldstool, which has been placed for him at the middle of the altar, and wearing the miter, he delivers the sermon.

The candidates are vested in amice, alb, maniple, and stole worn in the manner of a deacon. Over the left arm they carry a folded chasuble, the vestment of priesthood; and in the right hand a lighted candle. The first part of the rite consists of the calling of the ordinands and the formal presentation of them to the bishop followed by the bishop's address to the ordinands. 

Then the Litany of the Saints is chanted while the candidates humbly lie prostrate on the floor of the sanctuary. Near the end of the Litany, the bishop stands and turns to the ordinands (who remain prostrate on the floor). Holding the crozier in his left hand and still wearing the miter, the bishop chants a blessing upon those to be ordained.

When the litany is ended the candidates rise and go to kneel before the bishop. The bishop places both his hands on the head of each candidate in turn, without saying anything. This very simple though impressive action, unaccompanied by prayer or chant, is called the essential matter of the sacrament. It signifies that the power of priesthood is conferred by the bishop imposing hands on the candidate, transmitting to the latter the power which the bishop himself has received from Christ through the apostles and their successors.

After the bishop has imposed hands on them, they return to their former place and kneel. When all are in place the bishop holds his right hand outstretched over them. Next the priests who are present come forward and lay both their hands on the head of each candidate Then, forming a semicircle beginning at the gospel side, they stand behind the candidates and hold their right hand outstretched over them just as the bishop is doing.

After another prayer, the bishop extends his hands and chants the consecratory preface, of which the following words constitute the essential form of the sacrament: Almighty Father, we pray that Thou wouldst bestow on these servants of Thine the dignity of the priesthood. Renew in their hearts the spirit of holiness, so that they may be steadfast in this second degree of the priestly office received from Thee, O God, and by their own lives suggest a rule of life to others.

After this preface, the newly ordained priests go and kneel before the bishop one by one. The bishop is seated on the faldstool and is wearing the miter. He invests each new priest with the stole and then with the chasuble, leaving it folded and pinned at the back but hanging down in front. 

After another prayer, the bishop kneels, facing the altar, and intones the hymn to the Holy Ghost, "Veni Creator Spiritus." After the first verse of the hymn the bishop rises and sits on the faldstool. The ordained come forward and one by one kneel before the bishop. He then takes the oil of catechumens and anoints both of their hands which they hold together palms upward. First he anoints the inside of the hands, tracing a cross from the thumb of the right hand to the index finger of the left, and from the thumb of the left hand to the index finger of the right. Next he anoints the entire palms. He says as he performs the anointings: May it please Thee, O Lord, to consecrate and sanctify these hands by this anointing and our + blessing. 

And having made the sign of the cross over the hands of the ordained he continues: That whatever they bless may be blessed, and whatever they consecrate may be consecrated in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Then the bishop closes or joins together the hands of the ordained. The latter, keeping his hands joined, goes to the side of the altar where one of the assistants of the bishop binds the consecrated hands together with a white cloth, leaving the fingers free. 

The bishop now presents each of the ordained with a chalice containing wine and water and a paten upon it with a host. The ordained touches with the fore and middle fingers both the paten and the cur of the chalice. During this ceremony the bishop says: Receive the power to offer sacrifice to God, and to celebrate Masses for the living and the dead, in the name of the Lord.

Mass is resumed with the singing of the alleluia and its verse. After the offertory antiphon the bishop puts on the miter and is seated. The ordained come to the altar, and two by two kneel before the bishop and present him with a lighted candle, kissing his hand as they do so. After this they return to their places.

From now on all the newly ordained priests pray the Mass along with the bishop, saying all prayers aloud, even those usually said in a low voice. 

After Holy Communion and the ablutions, the ordained recite the Creed which is a summary of the faith they will henceforth preach. Afterwards, the bishop sits on the faldstool at the middle of the altar. As the ordained kneel before him one by one, he places both his hands on the head of the ordained and says to each one: Receive the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.

Then the bishop unfolds the chasuble, which the ordained has worn folded on his shoulders until now; and as he lets the chasuble drop at the back he says to each one: The Lord clothe you with the robe of innocence.

Then each of the ordained comes again before the bishop, kneels and places his folded hands between the hands of the bishop, making the promise of obedience. 

Afterward when the ordained have returned to their place, the bishop offers them an admonition followed by a special priestly blessing. May the blessing of almighty God, Father, + Son, + and Holy + Ghost + come upon you, that you may be blessed in the priestly order, and may offer for the sins and transgressions of the people appeasing sacrifices to almighty God, to whom be honor and glory forever and ever.

Then, having blessed the assembly of the clergy and faithful, the Bishop sits down and speaks a final word to the ordained, saying: My dear sons, ponder well the order you have taken and the burden laid on your shoulders. Strive to lead a holy and devout life, and to please almighty God, that you may obtain His grace. May He in His kindness deign to bestow it on you.

Now that you have been ordained to the priesthood, may I ask you, after you have offered your first Mass, to celebrate three other Masses, namely, one in honor of the Holy Ghost, a second in honor of blessed Mary, ever a Virgin, and a third for the faithful departed. I ask you also to pray to almighty God for me.

Following the Mass, it is customary for the newly ordained priests to administer their first priestly blessing.

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