This past weekend was fun and meaningful, albeit short. I was back in Macklin to be installed to the stable ministry of acolyte. Yep, I’m stable now! :-) Most of my family, several seminarians, and Fr. Marco made the trip out.
The words of the installation homily are pretty profound. It’s quite amazing to be sitting up there on the hot seat, having this said to you:
“Dear son in Christ, as one chosen for the ministry of acolyte, you will have a special role in the Church’s ministry. The summit and source of the Church’s life is the Eucharist, which builds up the Christian community and makes it grow.
It is your responsibility to assist priests and deacons in carrying out their ministry, and as a special minister to give holy communion to the faithful at the liturgy and to the sick.
Because you are specially called to this ministry, you should strive to live more fully by the Lord’s sacrifice and to be molded more perfectly in its likeness. You should seek to understand the deep spiritual meaning of what you do, so that you may offer yourself daily to God as a spiritual sacrifice acceptable to him through Jesus Christ.
In performing your ministry bear in mind that, as you share the one bread with your brothers and sisters, so you form one body with them. Show a sincere love for Christ’s Mystical Body, God’s holy people, and especially for the weak and the sick. Be obedient to the commandment which the Lord gave his apostles at the Last Supper: ‘Love one another as I also have loved you.'”