Monday, February 24, 2014

Installation of Acolytes and Blessing of New Tabernacle and Ambo

Seven of our brothers were instituted to the ministry of Acolyte Sunday by Bishop Salvatore Matano of Rochester, who also blessed our new Tabernacle and Ambo. The following is the prayer of Blessing which Bishop Matano prayed over our new acolytes:

God of mercy, 
through your only Son
you entrusted the bread of life to your Church.
Bless + our brothers
who have been chosen for the ministry of acolyte.
Grant that they may be faithful
in the service of your altar
and in giving to others the bread of life;
may they grow always in faith and love,
and so build up your Church.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lord and Father of all holiness, 
from whom the True Bread from heaven has come down to us, 
bless us and the tabernacle we have prepared
for the sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood.
Through our adoration of your Son present in the Eucharist, 
lead us to a closer union with the mystery of redemption.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
                 - From the Rite for the Blessing of a Tabernacle

May the word of God always be heard in this place,
as it unfolds the mystery of Christ before you
and achieves your salvation within the Church.
    -From the Rite for the Blessing of an Ambo