Six deacon candidates become lectors

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Six men are one step closer on their journey to the permanent diaconate after the Institution of Lectors at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington Jan. 27. Bishop Michael F. Burbidge entrusted Edward O. Devlin, Mark R. Jerge, Matthew K. Noah, Richard C. Vossler, Michael W. Watts and Aaron L. Zaccagnino as bearers of Holy Scripture to the faithful in their parishes.

After the homily, each candidate went to Bishop Burbidge, who presented the candidate with the Bible, saying.

“Take this book of Holy Scripture and be faithful in handing on the Word of God, so that it may grow strong in the hearts of His people.”

The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Burbidge and attended by more than 30 deacons who came to support their brothers in formation.

“It was a beautiful Mass and I’m really appreciative of the Bishop,” said candidate Matthew Noah, a parishioner of St. Theresa Church in Ashburn. “I was also really touched my pastor came too, Father Guest.”

Noah and his fellow deacon candidates have now completed another step during the second year of their five year formation. Moving forward, they will be able to lector at their respective parishes as before, now wearing the liturgical vestment known as an alb, a sign of their ongoing formation.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018