“Dear brothers so soon to be ordained as deacons: We have just heard how the Apostles called together the community of disciples to choose 7 reputable men, filled with the Spirit and wisdom, for a ministry of service. As a successor to the Apostles, I have consulted those responsible for your formation, and with gratitude to God and the support of this entire community of disciples, have chosen you, dear brothers, eight reputable men, filled with the Holy Spirit and wisdom, to serve the Church henceforth as deacons.
“In the midst of this Easter season, the whole Church rejoices at your ordination. Moments from now, following in the footsteps of the Apostles, I shall pray over you and lay my hands upon you, thus dedicating you for the diaconal ministry to which you have been called. I shall invoke the Holy Spirit upon you so as to fashion in the depths of your being the image of the Christ ‘who came to serve and not to be served, to give his life as a ransom for many.’ In the grace of the Holy Spirit may you fulfill this three-fold diaconal ministry of Word, Sacrament, and Charity – worthily, generously, competently. Dear brothers, in this moment of grace, let us turn to our Scripture readings, asking the living Word of God to shed divine light on what we are about to do.”
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