Hope October 12, 2011

A friend passed along the picture above, from a recent ordination. Not sure where it was taken. But it is priceless.

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12 responses to “Hope”

  1. That pic makes me wonder if we shouldn’t consider adding a prostration and abbreviated Litany of the Saints to the Confirmation liturgy. Would add meaning and understanding to what they kids are embarking on…and who knows how it might impact the future church and the kids, themselves.

  2. Why not at weddings, Elizabeth? Nah, brides might balk at it for fear of getting their dress dirty. 🙂 But still…

    At any rate, as a Catholic father of four young boys, I think this photo is awesome.

  3. At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,- you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.

    Mt 18 1-5

  4. E.S. – If you consider that the Sacrament of Confirmation is an extension of Baptism, there already is a Litany of the Saints present. Now if only we can bring the two sacraments back together in succession like they’re supposed to be, but that’s a whole ‘nother thread…

  5. I has an entirely different observation. They are prostrating themselves on a carpet. I’ve never seen that before.

    [Amy: you might want to check out this image, which shows an ordination at St. Peter’s last year. Dcn. G.]

  6. Sean, Archbishop Dolan recently wrote about a young couple asking if they could prostrate and have the Litany of Saints chanted at their wedding, since their marriage is a vowed, consecrated life. Dolan liked the idea. We could use a little more prostration in our lives. 🙂

  7. I love that. It’s so funny, but so cute. My son would have done that had we been Catholic and seen an ordination.

  8. During the Profession of Faith at mass we have the opportunity to bow reverently at the words “by the power of the Holy Spirit, he was born of the Virgin Mary…” It is not prostrating but it shows reverence and humility at the fact of the Incarnation. Unfortunately in most places I have participated at mass this is not done despite that the rubrics instruct on it.

  9. That is the best. picture. ever.

    I wonder how many more little fellows would take an interest in priestly or diaconal vocations if they were brought to an ordination Mass? Or, for that matter, how many little gals would consider a life as a nun?

    Ordinations are inspiring, and too few of us have taken the opportunity to attend one. They are efficacious sources of grace, and abundantly joyful.

    I wonder if one of our young sons will join his Pa on the floor next spring?

    Whoever shot that photo should submit it to the USCCB for use in vocations communication.

    @Elizabeth, I like that couple’s suggestion. A nice clean carpet could be laid for the purpose, right? I sense a whole new cottage industry – Catholic wedding carpets. Can you tell I was a wedding planner?

  10. My husband, who is now a Deacon, prostrated himself on the cold marble which he doesn’t even remember because he was so overcome with the day itself. I’m not familiar with the set up in the Vatican and if the carpet is a permanent fixture in that location. Somehow a nice cold, marble floor seems to be just right.

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