Deacons David Madejski and Joshua Wilbur were ordained this morning by Bishop Christie Macaluso at the Immaculate Conception Basilica in Waterbury, Connecticut.
Here is an excerpt 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:
concern for the sick and poor,
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.