Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore returned to his mountain home to install the new class of lectors and acolytes at the seminary.
At a Mass on Friday afternoon, twenty-four seminarians in the class of 2016 were permanently installed as lectors in Immaculate Conception Chapel, while the following morning, thirty-five seminarians from the class of 2015 were installed as acolytes.
Newly Installed Lectors
The Church’s official ministry of lector and acolyte are the equivalent to the minor orders which were previously bestowed upon seminarians as they progressed through their priestly formation. Prior to the Second Vatican Council, there were four minor orders received by a seminarian before receiving the final major orders of subdeacon, deacon, and priest. In the post-conciliar Church, lector and acolyte are typically received in consecutive years prior to a man’s ordination to the diaconate. Consequently, the Mount traditionally installs members of the first and second theology classes into these ministries during the Easter season toward the end of the academic year.
Newly Installed Acolytes
For the seminarian, the installation into these ministries symbolizes two of the final steps taken on the path toward the altar of Jesus Christ. A number of seminarians welcomed family and friends to the Mount to attend the liturgies, and a reception with light hors d'oeuvre and drinks was held in the seminary’s rec-room following the Friday afternoon Mass.