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Ordinations to the Priesthood
The ordination of priests is a joyful moment for the entire Archdiocese of Seattle.  The liturgy begins with the sprinkling rite, a reminder of baptism, the sacrament by which we have all become members of "a royal priesthood, a holy nation."

Ordinations to the Priesthood
Seminarian servers surround the ambo as Deacon Bill Eckert proclaims the Gospel:  "You do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world."
Ordinations to the Priesthood
Bishop Elizondo, Vicar for Vocations, presents the candidates, who are then formally chosen for ordination by Archbishop Brunett.  This call is ratified by the assembly.  They respond, "Thanks be to God!" and express their approval with thunderous applause.

Ordinations to the Priesthood
Those to be ordained prostrate themselves on the altar platform as the entire assembly kneels in prayer, begging the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints through the ages. Ordinations to the Priesthood
The laying of hands, the heart of the ordination rite.

The priests encircle the altar as Archbishop prays the solemn prayer of ordination over Gary Lazzeroni and Mel Strazicich.

Ordinations to the Priesthood
The newly ordained priests are vested in the stole and chasuble for the first time.  The chasuble is the priestly garment worn only for the celebration of Mass.

Ordinations to the Priesthood
The priests are presented with the bread and wine with the instruction to offer them to God on behalf of His holy people.

Ordinations to the Priesthood
Archbishop Brunett extends to the newly ordained the sign of peace.

Ordinations to the Priesthood
The newly ordained gather around the altar with Archbishop Brunett and Auxiliary Bishops Elizondo and Tyson and join in the Eucharistic prayer for the first time.

Ordinations to the Priesthood

Ordinations to the Priesthood
At the conclusion of Mass, Archbishop Brunett kneels before the newly ordained to receive their first blessing. Congratulations, Father Gary Lazzeroni and Father Mel Strazicich! Ad multos annos!  Click here to see photos of Father Gary's Mass of Thanksgiving at St. James Cathedral on Sunday, June 10.

Photos by M. Laughlin, St. James Cathedral, Seattle.  All rights reserved.




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