John Garvey is to be ordained deacon at St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham on Sunday November 1st.
Please support him by praying for him in the days leading up to the ordination.
From an Address of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to the Permanent Deacons of Rome (18th February 2006)
“In a famous passage from his Letter to the Philippians, the Apostle Paul says that Christ “emptied himself, taking the form of a servant”. He, Christ, is the example at which to look. In the Gospel, he told his disciples he had come “not to be served but to serve”. In particular, during the Last Supper, after having once again explained to the Apostles that he was among them “as one who serves”, he made the humble gesture of washing the feet of the Twelve, a duty of slaves, setting an example so that his disciples might imitate him in service and in mutual love.”
Before the laying on of hands and the prayer of consecration is said, John will lie on the floor face down whilst the congregation implores God for his mercy and invokes the intercession of the saints. This gesture of prostration imitates the humility of Christ and expresses John’s total dependence on the Holy Trinity. For only through the power of Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit can John say, as our Lord did, “Father, your will, not mine, be done.”
Almighty Ever-Living God,
Hear our humble petitions,
we pray that John, our brother,
may hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience
as the aApostle urges,
maintain and deepen a spirit of prayer appropriate to his way of life,
and shape his life always according to the example of Christ
whose body and blood he will give to the People of God.
Through Christ our Lord.
Picture: The diaconal ordination of 15 men by Archbishop Chaput at the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Philadelphia on 1st June 2013 and published on CatholicPhilly.com https://catholicphilly.com/2013/06/news/local-news/15-men-ordained-deacons-at-cathedral in a post by Lou Baldwin, a freelance writer and a member of St. Leo Parish, Philadelphia.
Address of Pope Emeritus Benedict: Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2006
Reflection and Concluding Prayer: GJO
Acknowledgement: Excerpts from the Rite of Ordination of a Deacon taken from the Roman Pontifical © 1978 International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved.