Fr. Joe Mazzone’s reflections on ordination

July 5th, 2008

Cardinal Sean allowed Fr. Joe Mazzone, a newly ordained priest in the Archdiocese of Boston, to blog about his experience during his recent ordination:

…The grace of God flowed freely and abundantly on everyone there, not just those becoming priests. I could see it so clearly on their faces. Looking at all the people I thought to myself “This is your ordination, too. It’s the prayers and support of good people like you that helped me to walk up these steps to be ordained and it’s for all of you that I’m walking down.” I couldn’t have been more grateful to them, to you, and especially to Almighty God. I could not have done it alone.

I think one of the most moving parts of the ceremony was the Laying on of Hands. This is really the most solemn moment of the Rite of Ordination. The bishop ordains each man by placing his hands on their head and invoking the Holy Spirit on the new priest.

I can’t imagine a more profound, exhilarating and humbling experience than this, that moment when Cardinal Sean placed his hands on my head. I’ve never known such joy, truly.

More at Cardinal Sean’s blog: Reflections of a newly ordained priest

Thanks to Fr. Mazzone for sharing his personal experiences with the Internet.

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