On Saturday, June 27, 2009, I had the privilege to attend the ordination of eight men to the priesthood. On Sunday, June 28, 2009, I had the joy of attending a friend’s first mass – his Mass of Thanksgiving. It is such a blessing to have the ordination coincide with the Year for Priests. There is sure to be extraordinary amounts of prayers going up this year. Especially remember the newly ordained.
Read the Georgia Bulletin article – Eight New Priests Ordained for North Georgia
Part of the Rite of Ordination to the Priesthood is the anointing of hands with holy chrism. Later, when receiving a blessing from my newly ordained friend, the fragrance of the holy chrism still lingered like the incense of prayer. I recalled my Confirmation and chrism that was rubbed on my forehead — the aroma that something mystical took place. The night of my reception into the church — I didn’t wash it off and slept with the fragrance into the next day. Witnessing my first Rite of Ordination to the Priesthood — the sights, sounds, and smells — reaffirm that God is in this place. In the same way that God looked down on his baptized Son, said, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased,” God most surely looked down on the men that day and is very well pleased.
On my morning commute, I pray the rosary with the Daughters of St. Paul. At the conclusion of each set of mysteries, the sisters sing a song. During the weeks leading up to the ordination, I looked forward to Thursdays — the recitation of the Luminous Mysteries — the ministry of Jesus. The fifth luminous mystery is the institution of the Eucharist. Following this, the sisters sing “How Beautiful” by Twila Paris. It is really for this that I looked forward to Thursdays — as I have prayed for this ordination — this song is a celebration of praise. I cannot sing this song without thinking of the hands of the priest. Enjoy and remember to pray for our new priests and for more vocations.