Monday, June 25, 2012

Holy Orders!

I went to a beautiful ordination this weekend.  I had never been to an ordination before and it was a very moving liturgy.  It was especially meaningful because Father James had been friends with my oldest son since grade school.  Educated initially as a classical guitarist, James had also given my younger son guitar lessons for several years.  And while we were in Rome we had had lunch with him at the North American College where he was completing his theological studies.

In other words, we knew Father James and had been enthusiastically anticipating his ordination.  It was an honor to be there.

The holy card commemorating the ordination included on the back the following quote from Pope Benedict XVI:

If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great....for only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide.

I think that says it all.  May God bless Father James every day of his priestly ministry!!!  And may we all follow the calling the Lord has placed on each of our lives!


Jean M. Heimann said...

OOOH...I like that quote a lot! Thanks for sharing, Rosemary! I will be passing it on. :)

Rosemary Bogdan said...

Thanks, Jeanne. I may write more about that ordination. It was very moving.

Mimi said...

In the Orthodox tradition, at ordinations it is said, "Axios" - Greek for "he is worthy"

Axios, axios, axios! What a blessing to be at an ordination.

Rosemary Bogdan said...

Thank you, Mimi. What a lovely Orthodox tradition.

Nancy Carabio Belanger said...

Yes, please do write more about the ordination, Rosemary! I'd love to hear all about it.

Rosemary Bogdan said...

Thank you, Nancy!! I will try to write more!