28 May 2007

The ordination and first Mass

Saturday's ordination of transitional Deacon Kevin Muniz and of Father Tyler Miller went very well. The cathedral was full, with a greater number of the faithful than I expected. (I am told that about 115 youth attended the Vocations Rally afterward.) A good number of my brother priests of the Diocese were also present at the ordination, together with several priests from other Dioceses and Orders.

Deacon Kevin Muniz

Father Tyler Miller

Fr. House and I (formerly the two youngest priests in the Diocese) served as the Masters of Ceremonies for the ordination. From our perspective, the Liturgy was a bit bumpy, but - as is usually the case - for everyone who has not served as an MC it was a beautiful Liturgy. Sometimes we MCs are too particular for our own good, though all out of great love of the Liturgy and devotion to the Eucharistic Lord.

This was the first time since Bishop Lucas was sent as our Bishop that we ordained a deacon and a priest in the same Mass (so far as I know we'd only done it once before that). I don't expect we'll be doing it again for several years simply because it gets to be a bit bulky, if you will, in places. Nonetheless, all went well. Nobody was maimed or lost :)

With the ordination of Fr. Miller, the special honor (I'm only making that part up) of being the youngest priest of the Diocese is no longer mine; I am now the second youngest priest.

The Cathedral choir sang superbly! I was rather impressed and very pleased. The music was as follows:

Prelude: "Praeludium in D Major" by Dietrich Buxtehude
Entrance: "All People That on Earth Do Dwell" (One of my personal favorites)
Kryie: "Mass of Light," by David Haas
Gloria: "Jubilation Mass," by James Chepponis
Allelua: "Jubilation Mass," by James Chepponis
Laying on of Hands: "Prayer of St. Patrick" arranged by John Rutter (I don't remember hearing this yesterday so that might not have done it, but I also might have just missed it; Rutter's music is excellent)
Fraternal Kiss: "Veni Creator Spiritus"
Acclamations: "Mass for the City" by Richard Proulx
Communion: "One Bead, One Body" by John Foley and "Ave Verum Corpus"
Concluding: "Now Thank We All Ou God"
Postlude: "Triumphal March on 'Now Thank We All Our God'" by Sigfrid Karg-Elert
The readings chosen for the Liturgy were:

Jeremiah 1:4-9
Psalm 89
I Timothy 4:12-16
John 12:24-26
Sunday afternoon I had the honor of serving as the Master of Ceremonies at Fr. Miller's first Mass of Thanksgiving at Immaculate Conception parish in Mattoon. The last time I was in the church in Mattoon was for the Mass in which Tyler declared his candidacy prior to leaving for the North American College (I was the MC then as well).

Thirty or more priests concelebrated the Mass, leaving very little room in the sanctuary to move about. The parish choir also sang with great skill and the church was full. I don't have the program from the Mass handy at the moment to give you the songs. Fr. Miller celebrated a beautiful Liturgy.

Fr. Miller has been a good friend over the years and I am happy to have him back with us from Rome. In fact, Fr. Miller has been assigned as the Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Decatur, effective July 1st.


  1. What a busy weekend you had. I bet you are tired, but in a good way.

    You may be the second youngest priest in your diocese now, but you still look younger than the youngest. The priest who is doing the mission at our parish is about the same age as our pastor, but looks about 15 years younger - he has a "baby face" too.

  2. I am indeed quite tired. In addition to all of the that I'm still trying to readjust to life with humidity. I'm amazed at how much more tired I am here than I was in Hawaii. The only explanation I can come up with is the differenc in the levels of my arthritis. There, it bothered me little, if at all; here, it is another matter altogether.

  3. I feel your pain - literally. I too am an arthritis sufferer, but mine is osteo and does respond somewhat to different medications. Two surgeries on my left knee helped too. But now it is in my back and that makes morning very unpleasant until I am up and moving around. This growing older is for the birds!!!

  4. Been there - hope to return next year!

    My arthritis is definitely from sports abuse of the body - I played field hockey, tennis and lacrosse in high school, along with skiing, biking and swimming. Most of those are just too hard on the knees and back!