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The pastor of America's parish church, Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
Fr. Glen Sudano, one of the founding members of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.
You can't be serious all of the time.
The Ordinandi moments before the start.
Br. Angelus and Br. Pierre Toussaint waiting for the procession to begin.
Br. Gabriel, who was ordained a transitional deacon a week earlier, stands before the altar.
Ready to go.
And the procession begins.
Whoever polishes the floors does a pretty good job.
Br. Angelus passes over the threshold to the foot of the sanctuary.
Br. Angelus' twin brother, Fr. Innocent.
Fr. Bernardino, who was ordained 2 years earlier on May 28, processes up.
Br. Angelus stands with his fellows.
Br. Mark Mary Maximilian C.F.R. about to be ordained as well.
Fr. Innocent and Fr. Glen.
Cardinal Dolan in the bishop's seat.
Br. Francesco Mary Gavazzi C.F.R., one of the nine.
Cardinal Dolan prays the opening prayer.
The nine.
Br. Gabriel calls the names of those to be ordained.
A rousing round of applause after the names are read.
A moment of joy and thanksgiving for all those present.
The nine present themselves to the Cardinal making the Promise of Obedience.
Deacon Michael Connolly is the first to make his Promise of Obedience.
Br. Pierre making his Promise of Obedience.
Finally, Br. Angelus goes.
The Litany of Supplication begins.
The Litany of the Saints is sung as they pray that God sends His Holy Spirit and that the saints intercede as the faithful join their prayers with the Cardinal.
Cardinal Dolan lays his hand on each man's head ...
... the gift of the Holy Spirit is conferred upon each.
It is at this moment ...
... that the Holy Spirit is invoked to come down upon each, giving him a sacred character and setting him apart for the designated ministry.
What follows is that all the priests lay their hands on the Ordinands. Fr. John Paul Ouellette C.F.R., lays his hands on Fr. Angelus.
Fr. Glen Sudano lays his hands on Fr. Angelus.
And his brother, Fr, Innocent lays his hands on Fr. Angelus.
Fr. Luke Mary Fletcher lays his hands on Fr. Angelus.
This communal laying of hands symbolizes ...
... the reality that each is being ordained into the presbyteral college.
The laying of hands occurs in silence.
This is in keeping with the ancient text found in the Apostolic Tradition, which was written by Hippolytus around 280.
The big picture.
Fr. Innocent vests his brother.
Two men ...
... one family ...
... same birthday ...
... one vocation ...
... same call.
A moment of sheer joy for all in attendance ... nine new priests.
Cardinal Dolan then anoints the palms of the new priests saying " The Lord Jesus Christ, whom the Father anointed with the Holy Spirit, guard and preserve you, that you may sanctify the Christian people and offer sacrifices to God."
Then the Cardinal presents each with the chalice and paten ...
... while saying saying, "Accept from the holy people of God the gifts to be offered to him. Know what you are doing, and imitate the mystery you celebrate; model your life on the mystery of the Lord’s cross.”
This symbolizes that the Eucharist is the heart of the priesthood.
Then each is embraced by the Cardinal and welcomed as new priests.
The nine new priests.
The moment of Consecration.
Fr. Angelus in his first Liturgy of the Eucharist as priest.
A view from behind the altar.
It was crowded back there.
The Sisters of Life.
The concluding rite. Each new priest prays for and blesses the Cardinal.
Fr. Angelus and Fr. Innocent!
The Cardinal juggles some of the younger members of his flock.
A very special family photo.
Cardinal Dolan, never missing a beat, plays with a cheerful young member of the family.
Fr. Angelus' nephew walks with him on the way to where he will bestow his first blessings.
And the blessings begin ...
... and the prayers of the new priest ...
... are poured over those ...
... as his ministry begins ...
... to serve ...
...and to love.
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