Disert Missal - Celtic Catholic Church USA

Ordination of a Priest



Order of Service for the Ordination of a Priest


The Liturgy of the Word


Prelude and Lighting of Altar Candles (Sit)


Processional Hymn (Stand)


Greeting (Sit)

P: The grace of the great God be upon you.

C: The grace of the Virgin Mary's Son be upon you.


Announcements (Sit)


Invocation (Sit or Kneel)


P: God of the universe, listen to our prayers. Bend your ear to us. Let our supplications and prayers ascend to you. In the name of the one eternal God; Father, Son (+), and Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

The Asperges (Sit or Kneel)


Receiving the aspergill, the Priest makes the sign of the Cross over himself with it, saying:

P: May the Lord purify me that I may worthily perform His service.

Sprinkling the altar in the middle, then the chancel to his left and to his right, he continues:

P: In the strength of the Lord do I repel all evil from this His holy altar and sanctuary,

Turning to the people and sprinkling them with the same motion:

P: And from this house wherein we worship him;

Turning back to the altar and resigning the aspergill:

P: And I pray our heavenly Father that He will send His holy angel to build for us a spiritual temple through which His strength and blessing may be poured forth upon His people; through Christ our Lord.

C: Amen.


Lorica Sancti Patritii (Stand)


D: I bind unto myself today the strong name of the Trinity,

C: By invocation of the same, the Three in One, and One in Three.

D: I bind this day to me forever, by power of faith, Christ's Incarnation;

C: His baptism in the River Jordan;

D: His death on the Cross for my salvation;

C: His bursting from the spiced tomb;

D: His riding up the heavenly way;

C: His coming at the day of doom.

D: I bind unto myself the power of the great love of the Cherubim;

C: The sweet "Well done" in judgment hour;

D: The service of the Seraphim;

C: Confessor's faith, Apostles' word;

D: The Patriarchs' prayers, the Prophets' scrolls;

C: All good deeds done unto the Lord.

D: I bind unto myself today the virtues of the starlit heaven;

C: The glorious sun's life-giving ray;

D: The whiteness of the moon at even;

C: The flashing of the lightening free;

D: The whirling wind's tempestuous shocks;

C: The stable earth; the deep salt sea.

D: I bind unto myself today the power of God to hold and lead;

C: His eye to watch, His might to stay;

D: The wisdom of my God to teach;

C: His hand to guide, His shield to ward;

D: The Word of God to give me speech;

C: His heavenly host to be my guard:

D: Against the demon snares of sin;

C: The natural lusts that war within;

D: The hostile men than mar my course;

C: Few or many, far or nigh;

D: In every place and in all hours;

C: Against their fierce hostility.

D: I bind to me these holy powers against all Satan's spells and wiles;

C: Against false words of heresy;

D: Against the knowledge that defiles;

C: Against the heart's idolatry;

D: Against the wizard's evil craft;

C: Against the death-wound and the burning;

D: The choking wave and poisoned shaft;

C: Protect me, Christ, 'til thy returning.

D: Christ be with me, Christ within me;

C: Christ behind me, Christ before me;

D: Christ beside me, Christ to win me;

C: Christ to comfort and restore me;

D: Christ beneath me, Christ above me;

C: Christ in quiet, Christ in danger;

D: Christ in hearts of all that love me;

C: Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

D: I bind unto myself the strong name of the Trinity;

C: By invocation of the same; the Three in One, and One in Three;

D: Of whom all nature hath creation;.

C: Eternal Father, Word (+), and Spirit.

D: Praise to the Lord of my salvation.

C: Salvation is of Christ the Lord.


Collect of Purity (Sit or Kneel)


P: Enkindle, we beseech You, O Lord, the light of our understanding, and pour love into our hearts, that we may be able to worthily love and worship You.

C: Amen.


Call to Repentance (Sit or Kneel)


P: As we draw near to the peace of atonement, may we see the wonder of God's presence, may we see the wasting of God's people, and may we see the wounding of God's Son.

C: Amen.


Kyrie (Sit or Kneel)

P: Lord, have mercy.

C: Christ, have mercy.

P: Lord, have mercy.


General Confession (Sit or Kneel)


P: Heavenly Father; we are the race that helped make the cross on which Your Son was crucified. We are the race that helped make the nails which pierced His body. We are the race that continues to betray Him. Lord, have mercy and hear us when we pray.

A: I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my own most grievous fault, in my thought, word and deeds, by what I have done and by what I have left undone. I have not loved God with all my heart and I have not loved my neighbor as myself. In that I have broken one of the least of the Commandments I have broken the entire Law. For all my sins I am truly sorry and I humbly repent. Lord, have mercy on me and forgive me my sins for the sake of Your beloved Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

P: As a called and ordained minister of Christ's Church and on His authority I declare unto you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, through His atoning death and glorious resurrection; in the Name of the Father, and of the Son (+), and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.


Collect of the Day (Sit or Kneel)


Prophetic Lesson (Sit)

(The appointed Old Testament Lesson is read.)


L: A reading from the Book... : [The text is read.] The Word of the Prophets.

C: Thanks be to the Lord of the Elements, God of all nations.


The Psalm (Stand)

(The appointed Psalm is said or sung responsively.)


Apostolic Lesson (Sit)

(The appointed New Testament Lesson is read.)


L: A reading from... : [The text is read.] The Word of the Apostles.

C: Thanks be to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.


The Gradual (Stand)


P: He that loves wisdom, loves life.

C: And they that seek her early shall be filled with joy.

P: Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes.

C: And I shall keep it unto the end.


Munda Cor Meum (Stand)

The Priest stands before the altar and says:


P: I weave a silence into my mind. I weave a silence onto my lips. I weave a silence within my heart. I close my ears to confusion. I close my eyes to enticements. I close my heart to temptations. Calm me, my Savior, as you stilled the storm. Comfort me, my Redeemer, keep me from destruction. Let all turmoil within me cease. Enfold me, Lord Christ, with your peace.

The Priest then kneels before the altar and says the following prayer:

P: Cleanse my heart and my lips, O God, who by the hand of your angel cleansed the lips of the prophet Isaiah with a burning coal from your altar and in your loving kindness so purify me that I may worthily proclaim your Holy Gospel; through Christ our Lord.

C: Amen.

P: May the Lord be in my heart (+) and on my lips (+), that through my heart the love of God may shine forth and through my lips His power be made manifest.

C: Amen.


The Holy Gospel (Stand)


The Holy Gospel verses appointed for the day are read from the pulpit or in the midst of the congregation.

P: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to...

C: Glory be to You, O Lord.

P: [The text is read.] The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

C: Praise be to You, O Christ.


Sermon (Sit)


The Prayers of the People (Sit)


D: Let us pray for the Church and for the world. Grant, Almighty God, that all who confess your Name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world. Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

D: Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honor one another and serve the common good. Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

D: Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory. Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

D: Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours (especially, ...) and grant that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as He loved us. Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

D: Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit (especially, ...); give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation. Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

D: We commend to your mercy all who have died (especially, ...), that your will for them may be fulfilled; and we pray that we may share with all the saints in your eternal kingdom. Lord, in your mercy,

C: Hear our prayer.

D: We pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for the peace of the Holy Isles; that our divisions may cease, that we may be delivered from hardness of heart, and that all may be one through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C: Amen.


Hymn (Stand)


Nicene Creed (Stand)


A: I believe in one God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and in all things visible and invisible; and in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried, the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; he shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end. And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father, who with the Father and Son is worshiped and glorified; who spoke by the Prophets. And I believe in one holy, catholic, and apostolic church; I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead (+), and the life of the world to come. Amen.


Gloria Patri (Stand)


P: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son (+), and to the Holy Spirit.

C: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


The Litany of Victory (Stand)


D: May the saints be with you.

C: And also with you.

D: With St. John the Evangelist who soars like an eagle,

C: We claim the victory of the Lord.

D: With St. Andrew, Apostle, martyr, and Patron of Scotland,

C: We claim the victory of the Lord.

D: With the Fathers of the Desert who were weaned from selfishness,

C: We claim the victory of the Lord.

D: With St. Ninian of the shining household of faith,

C: We claim the victory of the Lord.

D: With St. Brendan the navigator of spiritual pilgrimage,

C: We claim the victory of the Lord.

D: With St. David, flame and faith-builder of Wales,

C: We claim the victory of the Lord.

D: With St. Patrick, slave of Christ and Apostle of the Irish,

C: We claim the victory of the Lord.

D: With St. Brigid, mid-wife of faith to the people,

C: We claim the victory of the Lord.

D: With St. Kentigern, faithful pilgrim and founder of communities,

C: We claim the victory of the Lord.

D: With St. Columcille, Christ's giant of the Holy Isles,

C: We claim the victory of the Lord.

D: With St. Aidan, gentle shepherd and apostle of England,

C: We claim the victory of the Lord.

D: With St. Ita, foster-mother of all the Celtic saints,

C: We claim the victory of the Lord.

D: With St. Morgan, father of Celtic theology and martyr of the intellect,

C: We claim the victory of the Lord.

D: With St. Columbanus, preacher, teacher and example of piety,

C: We claim the victory of the Lord.

D: With St. Ciaran, friend of God's creatures,

C: We claim the victory of the Lord.

D: With St. Declan, prince and healer of disease,

C: We claim the victory of the Lord.

D: With St. Colman, defender of the Faith,

C: We claim the victory of the Lord; which is ours through Christ the Triumphant King.


The Peace (Stand)


P: Jesus Christ, the King of Tenderness, binds us with a bond of love that cannot be broken. My brothers and sisters, the peace of Christ be with you.

C: And also with you.




Presbyterial Ordination


The Bishop takes his seat before the altar. All are seated, the ordinand comes forward and a person appointed for the purpose presents him to the Bishop.

Presenter: Right Reverand Father, our holy mother the church catholic prays that you would ordain this person here present to the charge of the priesthood.

Bishop: Do you know him to be worthy?

Presenter: As far as human frailty allows me to judge, I do both know and attest that he is worthy of the charge of this office.

Bishop: Thanks be to God.

The ordinand is then seated and the Bishop charges the clergy and people as follows:

Bishop: Dear friends in Christ, you know the importance of this ministry, and the weight of your responsibility in presenting (Name) for ordination to the sacred priesthood. Therefore if any of you know any impediment or crime because of which we should not proceed, come forward, and make it known.

After a pause, the Bishop addresses the people as follows:

Bishop: Is it your will that this Person be ordained Priest?

Congregation: It is.

Bishop: Will you uphold him in his ministry?

Congregation: We will.

The Bishop then addresses the ordinand as he or she kneels before the Bishop

Bishop: My dear son in Christ, it is now my solemn duty, before the irrevocable act shall be accomplished which shall lay upon you the sweet but heavy burden of the priesthood, to charge you how great is the dignity and responsibility of this office and how weighty are the duties to be performed by those thus ordained. As Christian you have previously affirmed the efficacy of the Holy Scriptures, the Nicene Creed, and the Ecumenical Councils of the undivided Church. It will shortly appertain to you as a member of the priesthood to offer sacrifice, to bless, to preside, to loose and to bind, to anoint, to preach, and to baptize. I exhort you to always call to remembrance that you will be an almoner of Christ's blessing and a bearer of His love to the hearts of mankind. Never forget how great a privilege is yours to bring the little ones and the lost to Christ through Holy Baptism and to proclaim the lifting of the heavy burden of the sorrow and sin of the world by Christ's grace of absolution. Forasmuch as you will now be called upon to offer the holy sacrifice before the throne of God and to celebrate the sacred mysteries of the Lord's love, be earnest in your zeal for perfection in Jesus Christ. Let your teaching be a spiritual remedy for God's people. Let your words be of blessing and consolation. Let the sweet savor of your life be a fragrance in the church of God.

The ordinand rises.

Bishop: Will you strive to use worthily the powers entrusted to you?

Ordinand: I will.

Bishop: The Lord keep you in all these things, well-beloved son, and strengthen you in all goodness.

Congregation: Amen.

The bishop rises and addresses the people.

Bishop: Let us pray, dear brethren, that almighty God, in His great and loving-kindness and watchful care over His Church, may bestow a plentiful grace on this His chosen, now about to be raise to the order of the Priesthood.

The people stand and the ordinand lies prostrate while the Adoramus Te is sung. A period of silent prayer follows, the people still standing.

All now are seated. The ordinand kneels before the Bishop who says this Prayer of Consecration:

Bishop: God and Father of all, we praise you for your infinite love in calling us to be a holy people in the kingdom of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who is the image of your eternal and invisible glory, the firstborn among many brethren, and the head of the Church. We thank you that by His death, He has overcome death, and, having ascended into heaven, has poured His gifts abundantly on your people, making some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry and the building up of His body.

Here the Bishop lays hands upon the the head of each ordinand and prays:

Bishop: Therefore, Father, through Jesus Christ your Son, give your Holy Spirit to Name; fill him with grace and power, and make him a Priest in your Church. Name, receive the Holy Spirit for the office and work of a priest in the church of God. You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. In the name of the Father (+), and of the Son (+), and of the Holy Spirit (+).

Ordinand: Amen.

The Bishop then continues:

Bishop: May he exalt you, O Lord, in the midst of your people; offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to you; boldly proclaim the Gospel of salvation; and rightly administer the Sacraments of the New Covenant. Make him a faithful pastor, patient teacher, and wise counselor. Grant that in all things he may serve without reproach, so that your people may be strengthened and your Name glorified in all the world. All this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, forever and ever.

Congregation: Amen.

The new Priest is now vested.

Bishop: Receive the priestly vestment, that you may offer with our Lord Christ the most holy sacrifice of His sacred Body and Blood.

The Bishop anoints the hands of the new Priest with holy oils.

Bishop: Be pleased, O Lord, to consecrate and hallow these hands by this anointing and our (+) blessing; that whatever they (+) bless may be blessed and whatever they consecrate may be consecrated and hallowed, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Congregation: Amen.

The new Priest stands and the Bishop then greets the newly ordained with a holy kiss and asks for his blessing.

The new priests then say to the congregation:

The peace of the Lord be with you.

Congregation: And with your spirit.


The Holy Communion


The Offertorium (Sit)


A hymn is sung while the offertory alms are collected. The alms and the Eucharistic elements are brought to the altar. At the end of the hymn the Priest says the following:

P: From the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same the Lord's name shall be magnified; and in every place incense shall be offered unto His name and a pure offering. There shall be heard in this place the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving into the house of the Lord.


The Doxology (Stand)


A: Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

The offertory alms are removed from the altar. The people are seated. The Priest offers the host saying:

P: We adore thee, O God, who are the source of all life and goodness and with true and thankful hearts we offer unto you this sign of your own life-giving gifts bestowed upon us, you who are the giver of all.

He pours wine and a little water into the chalice saying:

P: According to immemorial custom, we now mix water with this wine, praying, O Lord, that we may evermore abide in Christ and He in us.

He offers the chalice saying:

P: We offer unto you, O Lord, this chalice with joy and gladness; may the worship we offer ascend before your divine majesty as a sacrifice, pure and acceptable in your sight; through Christ our Lord.

C: Amen.


The Censing of the Altar (Sit)


A priest censes the altar, saying:

P: As this incense rises before you, O Lord, so let our prayer be set forth in your sight. Let your holy angels encompass your people and breathe forth upon them the spirit of your blessing.

He then censes the assisting ministers and the people, saying:

P: May the Lord enkindle within us the fire of His love and the flame of everlasting charity.

C: Amen.


Lavabo (Sit)


P: I will wash my hands in innocence, O Lord: and so will I go to your altar. That I may show the voice of thanksgiving; and tell of all your wondrous works. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son (+), and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and forever shall be; world without end.

C: Amen.

P: Lord, be with me in the breaking of the bread and in the offering of wine. Bless my body and soul for they are yours.

C: Amen.


Orate Fratres (Sit)


P: Brethren, pray that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God the Father Almighty.

C: May the Lord receive the sacrifice at your hands and sanctify our lives in His service.

P: We lay before you, O Lord, these your creatures of bread and wine, in token of our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; for here we offer and present unto you ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a holy and continual sacrifice unto you, that we, who are very members incorporate in the mystical body of your Son, which is the blessed company of all faithful people, may hear his most joyful voice: "Come unto me, O you that are blessed of my Father and possess the kingdom which is prepared for you from the beginning of the world," through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God throughout all ages of ages.

C: Amen.


Sursum Corda and Sanctus (Stand)


P: The Lord be with you.

C: And with your spirit.

P: Lift up your hearts.

C: We lift them up unto the Lord.

P: Let us give thanks unto the Lord our God.

C: It is proper and right so to do.

P: It is very proper, right, and our bounden duty that we should at all times and in all places give thanks unto you, O Lord, Holy Father, almighty, everlasting God; through Jesus Christ our Lord; (The Proper Preface is said.) Therefore, with angels and archangels, with the Holy Apostles, the Blessed Saints, and all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify your glorious name, evermore praising you and saying,

A: Holy, holy, holy. Lord God of Hosts; heaven and earth are full of your glory. Glory be to you, O Lord most high. Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!


Prayer of Consecration (Sit or Kneel)


(Based on Celtic folk-prayers.)


P: High King of the universe, who sustains the worlds, who brought forth the earth; You breathe wisdom into all your creatures, until we relfect Your love. In our pain and sorrow we cry to Your tender Lamb, slain before the foundation of the world, perfect sacrifice for our sins. Who in the night in which he was betrayed took bread into His holy and venerable hands. And after He had given thanks, He blessed it and broke it and gave it to His disciples, saying, "Take and eat of this all of you, for this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me." In like manner he took the cup. And after He had given thanks, He blessed it and gave it to His disciples, saying, "Take and drink of this all of you, for this is my blood, the blood of the new covenant which is shed for many for the remission of sins. As often as you do this, do it in remembrance of me." For as often as we eat of this bread and drink of this cup we proclaim the Lord's death until He comes.

A: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

P: Therefore, Heavenly Father, with this bread and wine we remember the life our Lord offered for us. And we pray that you will send your Holy Spirit, the Spirit of our Lord and of His resurrection, that these elements may become for us the Body (+) and Blood (+) of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the name of the Father, and of the Son (+), and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.


The Lord's Prayer (Sit or Kneel)

P: And now we pray as our Savior taught us.

The Priest elevates the host.

C: Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.


Fracture and Agnus Dei (Sit or Kneel)

The Priest breaks the host while it is elevated.

P: O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world;

C: Have mercy on us.

P: You that take away the sins of the world;

C: Receive our prayer.

P: You that sit on the right hand of God the Father;

A: Grant us your peace. For you only are holy; you only are the Lord. You only, O Christ, with the Holy Spirit, are most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


Communion Prayer (Sit or Kneel)


A: Lord grant me, I pray you in the name of Jesus Christ Your Son, my God, through the receiving of this Blessed Sacrament, that love which knows no fall, so that my lamp may feel His kindling touch and know no quenching, may burn for me, and may give light for others. O Lord Christ, who is present in the bread and wine, bless the path on which we tread and guide us in the way to your Kingdom. Amen.

P: Lord Christ, our Savior most sweet, deign to kindle our lamps through communion with you, that they may shine continually in your temple, and receive perpetual light from you, the eternal Light, so that our darkness may be driven from us. May we become broken bread and poured out wine, abiding in you and you in us.

C: Amen.


Holy Communion (Sit or Kneel)


P: Risen Christ, we welcome you. You are the flowering bough of creation; from you cascades music like a million stars, truth to cleanse a myriad of souls. From you flee demons, omens and all ill will. Around you rejoice the angels of light. Father, send us the tender Spirit of the Lamb; feed us with the Bread of Heaven; refresh us with the Cup of Salvation. (The celebrant communes.) Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.

C: Therefore, let us keep the feast.


The Invitation (Sit or Kneel)


P: All you who truly and earnestly repent of your sins, and are in love and charity with your neighbors, and intend to lead a new life, following the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in His holy ways: Draw near with faith, and receive this Blessed Sacrament for your spiritual health and comfort.

C: Amen.

Communicants come to the altar in an orderly fashion, receiving the Bread in their hands with palms upright. Communicants may receive from the Chalice or by Intinction. If by Intinction, when the Chalice Bearer passes with the Cup, he will dip the Bread into the Wine and place the Bread on the communicant's tongue. After receiving Holy Communion please remain at the altar rail to receive a Priestly blessing before returning to your seat.


Post-Communio (Sit or Kneel)


P: Heaven is intertwined with earth.

C: We have taken the divine life into ourselves.

P: And so each may say,

A: I rise up clothed in the strength of Christ. I am no longer imprisoned by sin. I shall not be harmed by evil. I go clothed in Christ's pure garments.

P: By the task that we have done we bind our souls to you;

A: Father, Son (+), and Holy Spirit. Amen.


Benediction (Sit or Kneel)


P: May the Lord bless you and keep you. May he make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. May he lift up his countenance on you and give you peace. In the name of the Father, and of the Son (+), and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

Recessional Hymn (Stand)


Extinguishing of Candles & Postlude (Sit)


Dismissal (Sit)


D: Go in peace and in the strength of Christ. The Mass is ended.

C: Thanks be to God. Amen.