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The Rite of the Ordination, celebrated by the Archbishop, is one of the most important liturgies of the year for the local Church.

Archbishop Sartain greets Jose Alvarez, who has been preparing for this day for many years.

Seminarians of the Archdiocese assist during the liturgy.  Carolyn Lassek, Director of Worship for the Archdiocese of Seattle (at right) coordinates all the details for this complex liturgy.  Carolyn will be retiring at the end of the month after more than thirty years of service to the Archdiocese of Seattle.

The oil of Chrism, with which the new priest's hands are anointed during the Rite of Ordination, is given honor in the entrance procession.

The Archbishop welcomes those present, especially the family of the new priest.

Deacon Carbajal of Vancouver, Washington incenses the Book of the Gospels

Bishop Elizondo speaks for the whole community when Deacon Alvarez is called forward: 
"We testify that he has been found worthy."

Archbishop Sartain addresses his homily directly to Deacon Alvarez.

The Litany of Saints

The laying on of hands - the heart of the Rite of Ordination

The prayer of Ordination

The anointing of hands

The family of Father Alvarez presents the bread and wine for the celebration of the Eucharist

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

The greeting of peace

Father Alvarez joins the Archbishop in offering the Mass

Congratulations, Father Alvarez!  May God bless your priestly ministry in our midst.


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