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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Notes on the ordination
  • Contrary to popular rumors, the ordination of a bishop does not include a part where they remove the spine. (I doubt it would have worked this time anyway.)
  • You figure a Mass in which the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments is supposed to ordain the Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments is going to be liturgically sound. (Granted, the Prefect didn't make it due to visa problems.)
  • You figure a Mass in which the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is presider and homilist is going to be doctrinally sound.
  • I did not realize "sacerdotal" is best pronounced with a soft "c." Thanks, your Eminence, for letting me know before I embarrassed myself. (Reminds me of a long talk I once heard a friar give, the only detail of which I recall is how "Chalcedon" is pronounced.)
  • The letter from the Pope, read by provincial prior Dominic Izzo, OP, was impressive. (The Latin is on page 5 of this PDF program.) What made it even more impressive is that all that talk about the Pope's "beloved son" was directed toward someone who worked directly for the Pope for several years, and so is probably not just Vaticanese for "you there."
  • The two deacons holding the Gospel over the head of the candidate is a pretty effective gesture.
  • For my Franciscan readers, Fr. Groeshel was there, looking a bit frail but with strength enough to recess out. And wasn't that Archbishop Chaput processing in?
  • The crozier Abp. DiNoia used belonged to Bishop Edward Dominic Fenwick, OP, founder of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph, first bishop of Cincinnati, and namesake of my Lay Dominican chapter. A number of sacred articles used by Bishop Fenwick during his ministry on the frontier of the young United States -- he returned to the U.S. from England in 1804 and died in 1832 -- are on display at the Dominican House of Studies across the street from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
  • The ordination of a bishop is a leisurely thing, but a dozen bishops can lay hands on a single episcopal ordinand a lot faster than two hundred priests can lay hands on six sacerdotal ordinands (as happened at the only other Ordination Mass I've attended).
  • Archbishop DiNoia is the first titular bishop of Oregon City. As Cardinal Levada explained, the cathedral was moved from Oregon City to Portland in 1928, and "Oregon City" was added to the list of available titular sees (given to bishops who aren't assigned to active sees) while the Cardinal (for whom the new Archbishop worked for the last four years) was Archbishop of Portland.
  • The best thing about an Ordination Mass: After the ordination, there's still a Mass. More precisely, the Liturgy of the Eucharist. It's the same as with a marriage or a baptism. Once the temporal particulars are addressed, we move on to the action that unites, not only this moment with the moment of Christ's sacrifice and with eternity -- as all sacraments do -- but also this moment with every other moment the Mass has been and will be offered, from the Last Supper through the Last Day. As important as the particulars may be, the Eucharist remains the source and summit of the Christian life.