Pastoral Notes 21st September 2014

STAGES TO THE PRIESTHOOD.
Since the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council, stages to the Priesthood pre 1972 were known as Minor orders; ranks within Church ministry towards Major Orders. Within the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, Major Holy Orders of priesthood, including both Bishop and Presbyter, Deacon and Sub-deacon, and the four Minor orders; Acolyte, Exorcist, Lector and Porter (in descending sequence). In 1972 the Minor orders were renamed “Ministries”. The Ministries now are Lector and Acolyte being kept throughout the Latin Church. These two Ministries distinguish the candidate in his responsibilities within the liturgy as he draws closer to Ordination, working closely with the Priest by serving him at the Altar. I (Michael) as a fourth year Seminarian share in the Ministry as an Instituted Lector and Acolyte, serving the faithful people of God, by reading from Sacred Scripture and teaching the faith, and serving the Priest at the Altar, proper to Instituted Acolytes alone. More on these Ministries can be found in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, a few printed copies can be found in the porch of the Church.