Ordination to the Priesthood of Br. James Mary 28th April 2015.

The Introductory Rites

Archbishop: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
C   Amen

Archbishop: Peace be with you
C  And with your spirit.

Archbishop: To prepare ourselves to celebrate these sacred mysteries, let us bow down in all humility before the power of God that he may raise us up by his mercy.

Lord Jesus, you have shown us the way to the Father, Lord have mercy
Lord Jesus, you have given us the consolation of the truth,  Christ have mercy
Lord Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd, leading us into everlasting life.  Lord have mercy.
Archbishop: May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.  Amen

Gloria:  Glendalough Mass   (Liam Lawton)
All sing: Glory to God in the highest,
glory to God in the highest,
glory to God, glory to God
and on earth peace to people of good will.

COLLECT    Archbishop:
Let us pray. Lord our God, who in governing your people

make use of the ministry of Priests,
grant a persevering obedience to your will
to this Deacon of your Church,
whom you graciously choose today
for the office of the priesthood,
so that by his ministry and life
he may gain glory for you in Christ.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Liturgy of the Word
FIRST READING: From the First Book of  Samuel 3, 3-10,19


R: Here am I O Lord to do your will

SECOND READING: From the first letter of St Paul to the Colossians 3:12-17


Seinn Alleluia 

Crozier at “Glory to you O Lord”

GOSPEL  From the Holy Gospel according to John 15:9-17                 

At the end of the Gospel: AB kisses Book,Crozier away – Mitre on

The Rite of Ordination

Calling of the Candidate

Deacon: Let the one to be ordained priest, please come forward.

Friar James Mary

Br. James: Present. 

Presentation of the Candidate

Fr. Peter Damian: Most Reverend Father, holy mother Church asks you to ordain this man, our brother, for service as a priest.
Archbishop: Do you judge him to be worthy?
Fr. Peter Damian : After inquiry among the people of Christ and upon recommendation of those concerned with his training, I testify that he has been found worthy.

Election by the Bishop & the Consent of the People Archbishop: We rely on the help of the Lord God and our Saviour Jesus Christ, and we choose this man, our brother, for priesthood in the presbyteral order.
All:  Thanks be to God.

Homily & Instruction   Chair for Br. James
The Archbishop then addresses the candidate and the people on the duties of a priest. 

Examination of the Candidate            Chair away

The candidate stands before the Archbishop who questions him.

Archbishop: My son, before you proceed to the order of the presbyterate, declare before the people your intention to undertake this priestly office. Are you resolved with the help of the Holy Spirit, to discharge without fail, the office of the priesthood in the presbyteral order as a conscientious fellow worker with the bishops in caring for the Lord’s flock?
Candidate:    I am.

Archbishop: Are you resolved to celebrate the mysteries of Christ faithfully and religiously as the Church has handed them down to us, for the glory of God and the sanctification of Christ’s people?
Candidate:    I am.

Archbishop: Are you resolved to exercise the ministry of the word worthily and wisely, preaching the Gospel and explaining the Catholic faith?
Candidate:    I am.

Archbishop: Are you resolved to consecrate your life to God for the salvation of his people, and to unite yourself more closely every day to Christ the High Priest, who offered himself for us to the Father as a perfect sacrifice?
Candidate:    I am, with the help of God.

Promise of Obedience

The candidate kneels before the Archbishop and places his joined hands between those of the Archbishop.

Archbishop:  Do you promise respect and obedience to your Religious Superior?
Candidate:    I do.
Archbishop: May God who has begun the good work in you bring it to fulfillment.

Litany of Saints                                       

Deacon: Let us stand

Then all stand and the Archbishop invites the people to pray:

Archbishop: My dear people, let us pray, that the all-powerful Father may pour out the gifts of heaven on this servant of his, whom he has chosen to be a priest.

Mitre away
The candidate prostrates himself in front of the altar. The cantors intone the litany, which invokes the mercy of God and the intercession of the saints.

Lord, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.  Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.  Christ, graciously hear us.

Mary and Joseph,  Pray for us
Michael and Gabriel , Pray for us
Anna, Joachim, Elizabeth Pray for us
Elijah, Moses, John the Baptist,  Pray for us

Isaac, Sarah, Abraham, Pray for us
Jacob, Joseph, Samuel,  Pray for us

Ruth, David and Solomon Pray for us
Isaiah, Jeremiah Pray for us

Refrain: All you holy men and women pray for us.

Peter, Paul, Andrew   Pray for us
James John and all apostles Pray for us
Mary Magdalene, Veronica,  Pray for us

Barnabas, Matthias Pray for us
Stephen, Philip and Cornelius  Pray for us

Prisca and Aquila  Pray for us
Timothy and Titus Pray for us

Linus, Cletus and Clement Pray for us

Refrain: All you holy men and women pray for us.

Lawrence and Chrysogonus Pray for us
Innocent and Boniface   Pray for us
Rose of Lima  Pray for us
Athanasius and Basil  Pray for us
Felicity, Perpetua   Pray for us
Cosmas and Damian   Pray for us
John Chrysostom and Justin  Pray for us
Lucy, Agatha and Agnes Pray for us

Refrain: All you holy men and women pray for us.

Jerome and Eusebius Pray for us
Scholastica and Benedict  Pray for us
Ambrose, Monica, Ignatius  Pray for us
Martin and Gregory Pray for us
Thomas Aquinas and Dominic Pray for us
Elizabeth and Catherine   Pray for us
Louis and Wenceslaus  Pray for us

Refrain: All you holy men and women pray for us.

Our Holy Father Francis  Pray for us
Our Holy Mother Clare    Pray for us
Bernard and companions   Pray for us
All Franciscan Martyrs  Pray for us
Bonaventure and Anthony  Pray for us
John Duns Scotus, Bernardine   Pray for us
Felix, Francis Solano     Pray for us
Joseph of Cuspertino   Pray for us

Refrain: All you holy men and women pray for us.

Elizabeth of Hungary  Pray for us
Louis of France  Pray for us
Catherine of Bologna   Pray for us
Agnes of Assisi  Pray for us
Francis Anthony Fasane   Pray for us
Angela of Foligno Pray for us
Agnellus of Pisa Pray for us
All Franciscan Saints Pray for us

Refrain: All you holy men and women pray for us.

Lord be merciful  Save your People.
From all evil Save your People.
From every sin  Save your People.
From everlasting death  Save your People.
By your incarnation  Save your People.
By your death and resurrection  Save your People.
By your gift of the Spirit   Save your People.
Have mercy on us sinners    Save your People.

Refrain 2: Christ Hear us; Lord Jesus, Hear our Prayer 

Lord, give peace Hear our Prayer
To this chosen one Hear our Prayer
By the grace of Ordination   Hear our Prayer
O Son of the Living God  Hear our Prayer
Send your Spirit Hear our Prayer
In its fullness  Hear our Prayer
On this your son   Hear our Prayer
Who believes and professes you  Hear our Prayer                         

The Archbishop alone prays: Hear us, Lord our God, and pour out upon this servant of yours the blessing of the Holy Spirit and the grace and power of the priesthood. In your sight we offer this man for ordination: support him with your unfailing love. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
All:  Amen

Mitre on.

Laying on of Hands
This is the central part of the Rite. In silence, James Mary kneels before the Archbishop who, with his hands extended on his head, prays over him. After this, all the concelebrating priests lay their hands upon the candidate and remain behind the Archbishop on the sanctuary until the prayer of consecration is completed.

Mitre AWAY for Prayer of Consecration.

Prayer of Consecration

Archbishop: Come to our help, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God; you are the source of every honour and dignity, of all progress and stability. You watch over the growing human family by your gift of wisdom and your pattern of order. When you had appointed high priests to rule your people, you chose other men next to them in rank and dignity to be with them and to help them in his task; and so there grew up the ranks of priests and the offices of Levites, established by sacred rites.
In the desert you extended the spirit of Moses to seventy wise men who helped him to rule the great company of his people.
You shared among the sons of Aaron the fullness of their father’s power to provide worthy priests in sufficient number for the increasing rites of sacrifice and worship.  With the same loving care you gave companions to your Son’s apostles to help in teaching the faith: they preached the Gospel to the whole world.  Lord, grant also to us such fellow workers, for we are weak and our need is greater.
Almighty Father, grant to this servant of yours the dignity of the priesthood.  Renew within him the Spirit of holiness.  As a co-worker with the order of bishops may he be faithful to the ministry that he receives from you, Lord God, and be to others a model of right conduct. May he be faithful in working with the order of bishops, so that the Gospel may reach the ends of the earth, and the family of nations, made one in Christ, may become God’s one, holy people.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
All:   Amen.
Mitre on.
Archbishop sits.

 Investiture with Stole and Chasuble   All sit.
After the prayer of consecration James stands and removes the stole he wore as a deacon and is vested in a priestly stole and chasuble.

Anointing of Hands
The Archbishop then anoints James’ hands with the holy oil of chrism, as a sign of his participating in Christ’s sacramental priesthood.

 Archbishop:  The Father anointed our Lord Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. May Jesus preserve you to sanctify  the Christian people  and to offer sacrifice to God.
[washing of hands]

Presentation of the Gifts   The candidate kneels before the Archbishop and is presented with the bread on a paten and wine in a chalice to be used in the celebration of the Eucharist. 

Archbishop: 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.

 Kiss of Peace
The Archbishop and other priests present give the sign of peace to the newly ordained priest

Liturgy of the Eucharist
The Celebrant, standing at the altar, takes the paten with the bread and, holding it slightly raised above the altar, says quietly:

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you:
fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life.
Then he places the paten with the bread on the corporal.

[Already prepared: The deacon pours wine and a little water into the chalice, saying quietly:
By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ, who humbled himself to share in our humanity.]

Then the Celebrant takes the chalice and, holding it slightly raised above the altar, says quietly:

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you:
fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink.

Then he places the chalice on the corporal. He bows and says quietly:

With humble spirit and contrite heart may we be accepted by you, O Lord, and may our sacrifice in your sight this day be pleasing to you, Lord God.

INCENSE – Gifts, altar, Archbishop, concelebrants, people.

Next the Celebrant stands at the side of the altar and washes his hands, saying quietly:
ash me, O Lord, from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin 

Standing at the centre of the altar, facing the people, he extends and then joins his hands saying:

Pray, brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father.

The people respond: May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.

 Prayer over the Offerings


O God, who have willed that your Priests should minister at the holy altar and serve your people, grant by the power of this sacrifice, we pray, that the labours of your servants may constantly please you and in your Church bear that fruit which lasts for ever. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Zucchetto away

Preface: The Priesthood of Christ and the ministry of Priests

 Archbishop: The Lord be with you.
All:   And with your spirit.

Archbishop: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them up to the Lord.

Archbishop: Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God.
    It is right and just.

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God
For by the anointing of the Holy Spirit
you made your Only Begotten Son
High Priest of the new and eternal covenant,
and by your wondrous design were pleased to decree
that his one Priesthood should continue in the Church.
For Christ not only adorns with a royal priesthood
the people he has made his own,
but with a brother’s kindness he also chooses men
to become sharers in his sacred ministry
through the laying on of hands.
They are to renew in his name
the sacrifice of human redemption,
to set before your children the paschal banquet,
to lead your holy people in charity,
to nourish them with the word
and strengthen them with the Sacraments.
As they give up their lives for you
and for the salvation of their brothers and sisters,
they strive to be conformed to the image of Christ himself
and offer you a constant witness of faith and love.
And so, Lord, with all the Angels and Saints,
we, too, give you thanks, as in exultation we acclaim:
The Sanctus is SUNG: Hosanna in the highest


You are indeed Holy, O Lord, and all you have created rightly gives you praise, for through your Son
our Lord Jesus Christ, by the power and working of the
Holy Spirit, you give life to all things and make them holy, and you never cease to gather a people to yourself,
so that from the rising of the sun to its setting
a pure sacrifice may be offered to you
He joins his hands and, holding them extended over the offerings, says:

Therefore, O Lord, we humbly implore you:
by the same Spirit graciously make holy
these gifts we have brought to you for consecration,

He joins his hands and makes the Sign of the Cross

once over the bread and the chalice together, saying:
that they may become the Body and ✠ Blood
of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ,
at whose command we celebrate these mysteries.

He joins his hands. In the formulas that follow, the words of the Lord should be pronounced clearly and distinctly, as the nature of these words requires.

For on the night he was betrayed he himself took bread,

He takes the bread and, holding it slightly raised above the altar, continues:

and, giving you thanks, he said the blessing, broke the bread
and gave it to his disciples, saying:

He bows slightly.
Take this, all of you, and eat of it,for this is my Body, which will be given up for you.

He shows the consecrated host to the people, places it again on the paten, and genuflects in adoration. After this, he continues:

In a similar way, when supper was ended,
he took the chalice,

He takes the chalice and, holding it slightly raised above the altar, continues:

and, giving you thanks, he said the blessing,and gave the chalice to his disciples, saying:

 He bows slightly.

Take this, all of you, and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my Blood,
the Blood of the new and eternal covenant,
which will be poured out for you and for many
for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this in memory of me.

He shows the chalice to the people, places it on the corporal, and genuflects in adoration. Then he says:

The mystery of faith.   (Sung)

And the people continue, acclaiming:

My Lord and my God.

Then the Archbishop, with hands extended, says:

Therefore, O Lord, as we celebrate the memorial of the saving Passion of your Son,
his wondrous Resurrection and Ascension into heaven,
and as we look forward to his second coming,
we offer you in thanksgiving
this holy and living sacrifice.
Look, we pray, upon the oblation of your Church
and, recognizing the sacrificial Victim by whose death
you willed to reconcile us to yourself, grant that we,
who are nourished by the Body and Blood of your Son
and filled with his Holy Spirit,
may become one body, one spirit in Christ.

Fr James: May he make of us an eternal offering to you,
so that we may obtain an inheritance with your elect,
especially with the most Blessed Virgin Mary,
Mother of God, with blessed Joseph her spouse,
your blessed Apostles and glorious Martyrs St Francis and with all the Saints,
on whose constant intercession in your presence
we rely for unfailing help.

C2. May this Sacrifice of our reconciliation,
we pray, O Lord, advance the peace and salvation of all the world.
Be pleased to confirm in faith and charity your pilgrim Church on earth, with your servant
Francis our Pope and Diarmuid our Bishop,
the Order of Bishops, James your servant who has been ordained today, all the clergy,
and the entire people you have gained for your own.

C3. Listen graciously to the prayers of this family,
whom you have summoned before you:
in your compassion, O merciful Father,
gather to yourself all your children
scattered throughout the world.
To our departed brothers and sisters, and to all who were pleasing to you
at their passing from this life,
give kind admittance to your kingdom.
There we hope to enjoy for ever
the fullness of your glory through Christ our Lord,
through whom you bestow on the world all that is good.

The Archbishop takes the paten and the deacon the chalice, as they raise both, the Archbishop sings:

Through him, and with him, and in him, O God, almighty Father,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honour is yours, for ever and ever.
The people acclaim: A-men! A-men!

Communion Rite

Archbishop: At the Saviour’s command and formed by divine teaching we dare to pray:

All:  Our Father…

 Arichbishop: Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil,
graciously grant peace in our days,
that, by the help of your mercy,
we may be always free from sin
and safe from all distress, as we await
the blessed hope and the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ
All : For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever.

Archbishop: Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your Apostles:
Peace I leave you, my peace I give you; look not on our sins,
but on the faith of your Church,
and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will.
He joins his hands.
Who live and reign for ever and ever.
All:   Amen

AB: The peace of the Lord be with you always.
All:  And with your spirit.
Deacon: Let us offer each other the sign of peace.

 The Agnus Dei is SUNG

 Archbishop (silently):
May the receiving of your Body and Blood, Lord Jesus Christ,

not bring me to judgment and condemnation, but through
your loving mercy be for me protection in mind and body
and a healing remedy.

 We KNEEL Archbishop:
Behold the Lamb of God,
behold him who takes away the sins of the world.
Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.

All: Lord, I am not worthy
that you should enter under my roof,
but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

(After having received himself, the Archbishop gives communion to the deacon)

 Communion hymns begin.


Our delight, Lord God of hosts, is to sing your praises in this Eucharist; give us, we pray,

your strength on our earthly journey that we may find a home at your altar in heaven.
Through Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.                                     

Mitre on.
Words of thanks – Fr James Mary

 Concluding Rite

 Archbishop: The Lord be with you
All:   And with your spirit.

Deacon:   Bow down for the blessing. Fr James moves before the Archbishop

Archbishop: May God, who founded the Church and guides her still,
protect you constantly with his grace,
that you may faithfully discharge the duties
of the Priesthood. Amen.

May he make you a servant and a witness in the world to divine charity and truth
and a faithful minister of reconciliation. Amen.

And may he make you a true shepherd
to provide the living Bread and word of life to the faithful,
that they may continue to grow
in the unity of the Body of Christ. Amen.

And he blesses all the people, adding:

And may almighty God bless all of you, who are gathered here, the  Father, and the Son,  and the Holy  Spirit. Amen.

Deacon: Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.
All: Thanks be to God.


Recessional Hymn: Let us Rejoice
The Archbishop moves to the altar and reverences the altar with the deacon.
Concelebrants all bow to the altar at this time and then exit after altar servers.