Jun 9, 2005

L.A. priesthood ordination 2005

Cardinal Mahony to L.A.'s five new priests ...

"You are blessed to be ordained in the Year of the Eucharist, and I urge you to be men of the Eucharist, to see that as the source of all you need to journey with Jesus."

Let us earnestly pray for these new priests and for all the priests of the Church. They need our prayers and we need the grace that comes through their consecrated hands. -- QUINTERO



Blogger Audrey M. said...

Just found your blog, its cool that there is a catholic blog.
I'm 16 and catholic 100%

Congratulations to the new priests

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks be to God for new priests!
Please God, may they be holy and faithful.
Ave Maria!

9:01 AM  
Blogger Ma Beck said...

Notice the odd way the ordinands are prostrating themselves towards each other. (I know it wasn't up to them. They were told to do it that way by R.M.)
NOT towards the tabernacle, NOT towards the East, but towards each other. Kind of in a nice little druid prayer circle to build self-awareness, or some such psycho-babble.
Am I the only one that thinks that's sacreligious?
Oh well. The numbers of LA seminarians are dwindling so drastically that next year, they probably won't have enough ordinands to complete a circle.
I'm praying hard for you folks in LA.

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Catherine... they are prostrated toward the altar. This is significant, which is a symbol of Christ. Like most cathedrals, the tabernacle is in its own chapel. If prostration toward the altar is nothing more than a "druid prayer circle", than what can be said about your understanding of the ordination ritual?

11:32 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Interesting quote coming from the man who forbids kneeling during communion to the people of his diocese.

1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's cool to see an expression of such a magnificent love for our Lord in the most blessed sacrament. Thanks be to God!

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actions speak louder than words.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Ma Beck said...

Prostrating toward the altar?
I was under the impression that you don't prostrate toward the ALTAR, you are prostrating toward the BLESSED SACRAMENT.
This altar is bare.
Even if you do prostrate to the bare altar, why not have all the men facing the same direction? No, let's make a circle. They're very popular nowadays, what with centering circles instead of rosaries after Mass.
I didn't mean to offend you, and I have never claimed to be an expert to you or anyone.
I was just legitimately curious.
It looks silly to my untrained and non-professional eye. :(

9:18 PM  
Blogger Ma Beck said...

This is why I don't post anything on blogs. Something gets lost in the translation. My curiosity and genuine question if anyone else thought it odd was taken as though I was insulting someone. I never meant to insult anyone and I am glad to know the answer to the question. The altar makes sense. The circle does not.

9:23 PM  
Blogger Zadok the Roman said...

Prostrating toward the altar?
I was under the impression that you don't prostrate toward the ALTAR, you are prostrating toward the BLESSED SACRAMENT.

No, at an ordination the ordinand prostrate towards the altar whilst the Litany of the Saints is sung.
However, I've never seen ordinds protrate themselves in a circle like that - it looks plain silly.

3:02 AM  
Blogger Zadok the Roman said...

I note also that since the ordinations happened outside Easter time the Cardinal, assisting clergy and congregation should almost certainly be kneeling at that point in the liturgy.

3:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, the Litany of Saints, I believe, is sung at that moment.

6:56 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

The circle thing made me squirm, too. I agree with whoever said they look like Druids. Mahony is obsessed with the idea of us seeing OURSELVES as the body of Chris, and likes those theater--in-the-round type churches for (probably) the same reason he has his priests in a circle -- lest we never forget, it's all about US.

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Suzie said...

To Zadok - As far as kneeling goes, I think Cardinal Mahony has issues with kneeling. Also, the Blessed Sacrament chapel in the LA cathedral is off the main body of the church, hidden from view and about as small as my walk-in closet at home.

8:10 AM  
Anonymous Observer said...

You can see what the rubrics prescribe at http://www.sfcatholic.org/vocations/seminarians/images/priesthoodordination/index.html

1:33 PM  

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