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Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010
Four young men are ordained to the priesthood.  From left, Nick Wichert, Joe Altenhofen, Matt Oakland, and Francisco Cancino.  They have been preparing for many years for this day.

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010
The Mass of Ordination is a joyful celebration not only for those to be ordained and their families and friends, but for the whole Church they commit themselves to serve.

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010
The celebration begins with the Sprinkling Rite, a reminder of our baptism, the sacrament in which the grace of ordination is rooted.

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010
The Cathedral Choir, Cathedral Brass, organs and timpani accompany the Church's solemn rites of ordination with splendid music.

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010
Stacey Sunde sings Psalm 40:  "You do not ask for sacrifice and offering, but an open ear.  You do not ask for holocaust and victim; instead, here am I!"

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010
Seminarians of the Archdiocese of Seattle lead Deacon Rob Rensel to the ambo for the proclamation of the Gospel.

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010
Archbishop Brunett, Bishop Tyson, and Bishop Elizondo listen to the Gospel reading.

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010
Following the Gospel reading, the candidates are called forth from the assembly.  Each responds with heart and voice:  "Present!"

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010
Bishop Eusebio Elizondo introduces the candidates to the people, and speaks of their preparation.  "They have been found worthy."

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010
Archbishop Brunett speaks to those called to ordination about the priestly call to humble service of the holy people of God.

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010
Following the homily, the candidates kneel before the Archbishop, promising obedience to him and to his successors.

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010
One of the most solemn moments of the Rite of Ordination comes when the candidates prostrate themselves before the altar, and the entire assembly kneels and prays the Litany of the Saints, calling down the prayers of all the holy men and women of every time and place upon those chosen for ordination.
 
Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010
The laying on of hands is the heart of the ordination rite.  "I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands," wrote St. Paul to Timothy (2 Timothy 1:6).

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010
After the Archbishop lays hands on each candidate, all the priests present lay hands on them as well.

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010
The prayer of ordination.

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010
After the prayer of ordination, the candidates are vested in the priestly garment, the chasuble, for the first time.  Each new priest is vested by brother priests--friends and mentors who have helped to guide them to this day.

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010
The hands of the new priests are anointed with Sacred Chrism.

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010
Family members of the four newly-ordained priests present the gifts.

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010
"Understand what you do, imitate the mystery you celebrate, conform your life to the mystery of the Lord's cross."

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010
The sign of peace is one of the most ancient of Christian gestures.  All the priests present exchange a sign of peace with the newly-ordained.

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010
On this beautiful Seattle day, a beam of light from the oculus singles out the newly ordained priests, who have taken their place in the presbyterium with the other priests.

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010
The new priests join the Archbishop at the altar, celebrating the Eucharist for the first time as priests.

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010
A moving moment at the conclusion of the Ordination liturgy:  the Archbishop kneels before the new priests and receives their blessing.

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010
The new priests join the Archbishop in blessing the assembly.

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010
Congratulations to Father Altenhofen, Father Cancino, Father Oakland, and Father Wichert!  May the joy and grace of this day remain with you forever as you begin your ministry of service to the people of God.

Ordinations to the Priesthood 2010
Everyone with a camera crowds around for the photos at the end of the Mass!

 

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