Thursday, July 7, 2011

EF Ss Cyril and Methodius: "make this proclamation"

‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
-- Mt 10:7-15

The spiritual gift conferred by presbyteral ordination is expressed by this prayer of the Byzantine Rite. The bishop, while laying on his hand, says among other things:

Lord, fill with the gift of the Holy Spirit
him whom you have deigned to raise to the rank of the priesthood,
that he may be worthy to stand without reproach before your altar
to proclaim the Gospel of your kingdom,
to fulfill the ministry of your word of truth,
to offer you spiritual gifts and sacrifices,
to renew your people by the bath of rebirth;
so that he may go out to meet
our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, your only Son,
on the day of his second coming,
and may receive from your vast goodness
the recompense for a faithful administration of his order.
-- CCC 1587
Ordinary Form Saint of the Day: Blessed Emmanuel Ruiz and Companions, martyrs in Syria 1860.

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