Saturday, November 30, 2013

Deacon Christopher Fedoryshyn

We are all delighted that Chris Fedoryshyn was ordained to the diaconate this morning at Saint Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield by Bishop Timothy McDonnell.  Here he is pictured with his mom and his Bishop.

From the Prayer of Ordination of a Deacon…
We beseech you, Lord: look with favor on this servant of yours who will minister at your holy altar and whom we now humbly dedicate to the office of deacon.

Send forth upon him, Lord, we pray, the Holy Spirit, that he may be strengthened by the gift of your sevenfold grace for the faithful carrying out of the work of the ministry.  May there abound in him every Gospel  virtue: unfeigned love, concern for the sick and poor, unassuming authority, the purity of innocence, and the observance of spiritual discipline. 

May your commandments shine forth in his conduct, so that by the example of his way of life he may inspire the imitation of your holy people. In offering the witness of a clear conscience may he remain strong and steadfast in Christ, so that by imitating on earth  your Son, who came not to be served but to serve, he may be found worthy to reign in heaven with him,  who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.