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Livestreams open ordinations to all

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One of the most inspiring and beautiful ceremonies we can witness as Catholics is the ordination of a priest or deacon. You see men in the prime of their lives, lying prostrate in front of the altar in humility to ask the intercession of the angels and saints. The bishop, through the Laying on of Hands and the Prayer of Ordination, invokes the Holy Spirit on each man to ordain him, imprinting a new sacramental character on his soul, and setting him apart as a minister of Jesus Christ.

I have worked in the diocesan Office of Vocations for years and have attended many ordinations. Last year, I watched the diaconate ordination from the livestream, but it turned out to be the best view in the house. I was able to see the face of each man as he knelt before the bishop, as he returned to his seat and as he brimmed with joy as his brothers in Christ were ordained. 

COVID-19 has made it possible to experience this from our living rooms. This year’s ordination ceremonies are closed to the public, but anyone can participate in the livestream to unite with the faithful of the diocese to witness these transcendent events and pray for these men — our newest deacons and priests.

Minnis, a parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Church in Alexandria, is the coordinator of events and communication for the Vocations Office.

Find out more

The Mass of Ordination to the Diaconate will be livestreamed April 10, 11 a.m.

The Mass of Ordination to the Priesthood will be livestreamed June 5, 11 a.m.

To watch the livestream, go to ArlingtonDiocese.org.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2021