With hearts full of profound gratitude, we thank Our Lord for the immense gift our diocese received this past week with the ordination of a new class of permanent deacons. Our Lord called these men apart for His service and they responded by giving up their lives in imitation of Him for our salvation. We pray with Holy Mother Church that they may be faithful to the calling they have received to be examples of charity and ministers of His Word and Sacraments.
O God, who have taught the ministers of your Church to seek not to be served but to serve their brothers and sisters, grant, we pray, that these your servants, whom you graciously choose today for the office of Deacon, may be effective in action, gentle in ministry, and constant in prayer. Amen.
May God, who has called you to the service of others in His Church,
give you great zeal for all,
especially the afflicted and the poor.
May He who has entrusted you with preaching the Gospel of Christ,
help you, as you live according to His word,
to be its sincere and fervent witnesses.
May He, who has appointed you stewards
of his mysteries,
make you imitators of His Son, Jesus Christ,
and ministers of unity and peace in the world. Amen.
~The Solemn Blessing