Saturday, May 17, 2014

A Joyous Occasion!

Our son, Jonathan Charles, who received the honor to be called Brother Philip under the patronage of St. Philip Neri  at his reception into the Congregation Of Mary Immaculate Queen, takes the next step in his progress toward the priesthood tomorrow along with three of his fellow seminarians.  In ceremonies on Sunday and Monday, they will all renew their consecration, receives the tonsure, and Br. Philip will now (and until his ordination, Deus Vult) be called "Frater Philip."  Please pray with us that the Blessed Mother in her love for her Marian Fathers protects our seminarians and intercedes with her Divine Son for their progress toward holiness. 

What is tonsure?  In short, "it is a sacred rite instituted by the Church by which a baptized and confirmed Christianis received into the clerical order by the shearing of his hair and the investment with the surplice. The person thus tonsured becomes a
partaker of the common privileges and obligations of the clerical state and is prepared for the reception of orders. The tonsure itself is not an ordination properly so called, nor a true order. It is rather a simple ascription of a person to the Divine service in such things as are common to all clerics. Historically the tonsure was not in use in the primitive Church during the age of persecution. Even later, St. Jerome (in Ezech., xliv) disapproves of clerics shaving their heads. Indeed, among the Greeks and Romans such a custom was a badge of slavery. On this very account, the shaving of the head was adopted by the monks."  (The Catholic Encyclopedia

Still my little boy, though....  Here he is at about 6 years old...

(In case you were envisioning our young man with a Friar Tuck style tonsure, have no worries...  Fr. Philip won't have a bald top o' the head.  The custom in his congregation is to take just a symbolic clip of hair. )

Daily Prayer for a Seminarian
Until his Ordination to the Priesthood

O Jesus, Eternal High Priest,
I offer You through Your Immaculate Mother Mary,
Your own Precious Blood, in all the Masses throughout the world, as petition for graces for all seminarians, Your future priests, especially for...... (Fr. Philip,  Fr. Augustine, Fr. Jerome, Fr. Francis, and all their fellow seminarians at  Mater Dei  -- and St. Augustine -- seminaries)

Give them humility, meekness, prudence, and a burning zeal for souls. Fill their hearts with the gifts of the Holy Ghost.

Teach them to know and love the church, that they may always and everywhere speak, act, and think with her, the glorious spouse of Christ.

Teach them generosity and detachment from wordly goods; but above all, teach them to know You and to love the One and Only Eternal Priest. good Shepherd of Souls, hear this my prayer for saintly priests.

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Lisa said...

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