See below for the information on the Mass at Holy Spirit on June 5th.
On Saturday, May 14, 2011, His Excellency, Bishop Bernt Eidsvig, bishop of Oslo, Norway, ordained Father Maximillian Heffron and Father Alipius Müller to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ.
The liturgy commenced at 10:30 in the morning with a grand procession.
Family and friends from the United State of America and from Germany arrived during the proceeding days in order to participate in this notable occasion; it was the first time in over a decade that the Stift has ordained two priests at the same time.
The full church greeted the Provost, the Dechant, the Capitulars and the juniors of Stift Klosterneuburg as well as other clergy in attendance.
As the Mass begins, the ordinandi are seated near the people’s altar (Volksaltar). After the introductory rites, the deacon calls on the men who are seeking ordination to present themselves to the bishop and to the church for their approval. Thereafter follows the normal course of the Liturgy of the Word culminating in the Gospel and the homily.
Before the bishop ordains the candidates, they profess a series of promises about the nature and scope of priestly ministry that they will undertake.
In preparation for their ordination, the assembly prays the litany of the saints asking them to intercede in particular for the ordinandi.
Lying prostrate on the floor of the sanctuary symbolizes how the prayer of the Church — in heaven and on earth — becomes the foundation of these men’s lives, which will be transformed through the sacrament. With0ut the support of the Church, every priest would fail in his vocation. Only through the mercy of God and the active intercession of the Church on the behalf of her ministers can priests be faithful to their promises and true to their awe-inspiring mission to save souls and make Christ present to His People in the sacraments.
Following the Bishop, all the priests in attendance lay their hands on the newly ordained, symbolizing their entrance into the priesthood of Jesus Christ, the common bond among all Catholic priests. This ancient gesture, to which Scripture attests, makes visible the invisible reality of the incorporation of these men into the one priesthood of Jesus, the great High Priest.
After being ordained a priest through the sacrament of holy orders, the new priests are vested for the first time in the stole and chasuble.
The Provost announced at the conclusion of the Liturgy that Father Maximilian would serve as the parochial vicar in Donaufeld. In so doing he continues a tradition of American canons serving in the parish of St. Leopold, namely, Father Elias, Father Daniel and Father Josef. With his new assignment, Father Maximilian brings to a close his term of service as a deacon in the Abbey parish. The Provost assigned Father Alipius to serve as the parochial vicar in the the neighboring parish, St. Jakob in Floridsdorf. Father Alipius had served in St. Martin-Klosterneuburg for his diaconate.
The next update will feature further pictures from the celebrations.
Mass at Holy Spirit
Father Elias will offer Mass at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, in Annandale, Virginia on June 5, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. with a reception to follow at which Father Daniel, the new prior of the canonry of St. Leopold, will address the aim and nature of the new foundation as well as the future of the Society of St. Leopold. All are most welcome!