Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Acolyte

I am pleased to announce to you all that I have been called to the Ministry of Acolyte by my bishop. What does this mean? Well, in a nutshell:

"The acolyte is appointed in order to aid the deacon and to minister to the priest. It is his duty therefore to attend to the service of the altar and to assist the deacon and the priest in liturgical celebrations, especially in the celebration of Mass; he is also to distribute communion as a special minister when the ministers spoken of in the Codex Iuris Canonici can. 845 are not available or are prevented by ill health, age, or another pastoral ministry from performing this function, or when the number of communicants is so great that the celebration of Mass would be unduly prolonged. In the same extraordinary circumstances an acolyte may be entrusted with publicly exposing the blessed sacrament for adoration by the faithful and afterward replacing it, but not with blessing the people. He may also, to the extent needed, take care of instructing other faithful who on a temporary basis are appointed to assist the priest or deacon in liturgical celebrations by carrying the missal, cross, candles, etc., or by performing other such duties. He will perform these functions more worthily if he participates in the holy eucharist with increasingly fervent devotion, receives nourishment from it, and deepens his knowledge about it.

As one set aside in a special way for the service of the altar, the acolyte should learn all matters concerning public divine worship and strive to grasp their inner spiritual meaning: in that way he will be able each day to offer himself entirely to God, be an example to all by his gravity and reverence in church, and have a sincere love for the Mystical Body of Christ, the people of God, especially for the weak and the sick."
(Emphasis mine)

From Ministeria Quaedam, the Motu Proprio of Pope Paul VI. This is another step forward in my discernment, the previous step being instituted to the Ministry of Reader back in October.

The institution liturgy will be this saturday at 10:30 am. Please keep me in your prayers.

3 comments:

Jessica said...

Congratulations on being called to this ministry!

gebenz said...

Congrats Bryan! I'm very excited that doors keep opening for you! You're in my thoughts and prayers
-Gretchen-

Val said...

Congrats Bryan! It was so cool to hear the Archbishop mention that on the radio! One step closer!!! I'm really going to have to start checking your blog more often.

UIOGD.