Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests
LITURGY OF ORDINATION
Ordination to Priesthood
Bridget Mary Meehan
Sarasota, FL 34238
July 2, 2021
Be Exalted O God – Sung by John Michael Talbot
PRESENTATION of CANDIDATE FOR PRIESTHOOD
LITURGY OF THE WORD
Reading 1: A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy (D 4:39-40)
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 33
Response: Rejoice in the Beloved, Oh you holy ones. Praise is a grace of the loving.
(Psalms for Praying: Nan Merrill)
Second Reading: A reading from the letter of Paul to the Romans. Romans 8:14-17
Alleluia: Celtic Alleluia (Celtic Mass)
Gospel: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew
(Matthew 28:Excerpts from verses 16-20
Hymn to the Holy Spirit: Veni Sancte Spiritus (Come Holy Spirit)
Examination of Candidate for Priesthood
Litany of Saints and Prostration of Candidate
Laying-On-of-Hands for Priest
Prayer of Consecration for Priest
Anointing of Hands
PREPARATION OF TABLE FOR EUCHARIST
Procession of the Gifts
Presentation of the Cup and Plate
LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST
Offering of the Gifts
Bishop: Our God is with you.
All: And also with you.
Bishop: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them up to our God.
Bishop: Let us give thanks to our loving God.
All: It is right to give God thanks and praise.
Priest: All-loving and ever-living God beyond all imagining, we give You thanks for the gift of awareness that allows us to recognize Your presence and action in our universe. Everything we have, everything we see, everything we do, everyone we love and everyone who loves us, reveals Your sustaining presence. We thank You for Your presence which animates life and all that exists.
Bishop: You express yourself in human life and through us you sing and dance, speak and write, love and create. In this we never cease to hope, and for this we always thank and praise You. We join with the saints of all times and places as they sing forever to Your glory:
All: Holy, Holy, Holy One, God of Justice, God of Light,
All of Creation is filled with your glory.
Hosanna in the Highest.
Blessed are we who come in Your Holy Name.
Hosanna in the highest, hosanna in the highest.
Priest: Loving God, we live and move and have our being in You. We give thanks for those throughout history who have affirmed your loving presence and moved your people to give witness. They have witnessed to your presence in lives characterized by love, mercy, compassion, generosity and forgiveness.
Bishop: We thank you for Jesus, who loved so greatly, taught so clearly, and proclaimed so courageously. He set people free from images, ideas and religious practices that bound them in fear and a false sense of separation from you. Through Jesus, we know our loving actions become a share in your life. In Jesus, we see your Spirit challenging us to make your presence more visible on earth.
Priest: We thank You for Your Spirit of life and love among us. We are grateful that Your Spirit sets us free to discover your presence within us and in all of creation. And for this we thank and praise You.
Bishop: (addressing the assembly) I invite you, the People of God, to extend your hands and pray with me:
All: Loving God, intensify the presence of Your Spirit in these our gifts, as they, and we, become the Body and Blood of Jesus the Christ for our wholeness and the wholeness of all creation.
All: We remember that on the night before he died, while at supper with his friends, Jesus took the Bread, spoke the blessing, broke the bread and offered it them saying: Take and eat, this is my body.
All: When supper was ended, Jesus took the cup of wine, spoke the blessing and offered it to them saying: Take and drink of the covenant made new again through my life in you. Do this in memory of me.
Priest: Let us proclaim the mystery of faith.
All: Nurtured by your Word, nourished by your food, called anew to be your people, we acclaim your praise.
Bishop: Loving God, through Jesus You entrusted this pledge of love to us. We celebrate the memory of his life, death and resurrection, and bring to You the gifts You have given us: reconciliation, justice, and peace. You fill us with Your Spirit in the sharing of this meal. You keep us in communion with one another and with all living beings. Your Spirit makes us a sign of unity, a model of equality and instruments of Your peace.
Priest: Inspire our leaders, both religious and political, so that they act without fear to bring your justice. May they become peacemakers who transform your church and society so that all living beings and our planet may thrive.
Bishop: You have gathered us around this table in friendship, with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, the apostles, and all the saints. May all who are suffering in any way be strengthened and consoled by your Presence. You bless all who have gone before us and bring them into the lasting joy and peace of your presence.
Priest: You gather together women, men and children of every race, language, religion and way of life to share in your one, eternal banquet. In your presence, we give you glory with all creation and with Jesus through whom your goodness flows.
Bishop holds Bread, newly ordained priest holds cup.
All: Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ in the unity of the Holy Spirit, may all glory and honor be Yours, all-loving God, forever and ever.
All: Amen (sung)
Bishop: Let us pray together as Jesus taught us:
Sign of Peace
Communion Song: Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) Lyric Video - Hillsong UNITED
Prayer After Communion
Recessional Song I will follow him (Whoopi Goldberg, Sister Act)