Friday, January 31, 2014

Bishop Soto Installs Seminary Students as Lectors and Acolytes

News brief by Br. Lorenzo Conocido, OSB
photos by Carlos Orozco and Br. Lorenzo Conocido, OSB

Mount Angel Abbey, OR – Thirty Theology students were instituted in the ministries of lector and acolyte in a Ministries Mass on Wednesday, January 29th, in which the Most Reverend Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento, served as the presider.

The installations of lectors and acolytes are the initial steps in preparing these men in entering the priestly order and part of the seminary’s spiritual formation. According to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, the acolyte is instituted for service at the altar and to assist the priest and deacon while a lector is instituted to proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel.

At the conclusion of his homily, Bishop Soto said, “Let all be done with joy!”

The seminarians to be installed as acolytes approach Bishop Soto
in front of the altar.

Bishop Soto, President-Rector Monsignor Joseph Betschart
and the newly-installed lectors and acolytes.

Guest priests from different dioceses and religious communities were also there to concelebrate at the Mass and to give support to their seminarians. The music was provided by the MAS Seminary Choir conducted by Ms. Myrna Keough. The first period of classes were cancelled to give time for a simple reception in the Aquinas dining hall following the Ministries Mass.

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