Bishop: Word of God, Eucharist essential to Mass
Cubao Bishop and Malolos Apostolic Administrator Honesto F. Ongtioco led the Institution to the Ministry of Lectors and the Ministry of Acolytes of 9 lectors and 9 acolytes at the Immaculate Conception Major Seminary (ICMAS), July 10, 2018. IUBILAEUM MULTIMEDIA
By Kendrick Ivan B. Panganiban
July 18, 2018
Giving a homily during the Institution to the Ministry of Lectors and the Ministry of Acolytes at the Immaculate Conception Major Seminary (ICMAS), Cubao Bishop and Malolos Apostolic Administrator Honesto F. Ongtioco explained how the two lay ministries are symbolic of the two essential parts of the Mass: the Word of God and the Eucharist.
Addressing 9 new lectors, the prelate said, “The Word of God is a responsibility given to the lectors as they are to be bearers of God’s presence in the Word.”
Dedication to the Word
He noted that because families and individuals “no longer see the Word of God clearly in their lives,” it is the lectors’ “dedication not only to read but to proclaim the Word that we may be able to bring the light of Christ to others.”
Moving on to explain the role of acolytes, who are tasked to assist in the celebration of the Eucharist, Ongtioco told 9 new acolytes: “We are taught that we must always be enriched by the Body and Blood of Christ. Therefore we must strive to commit ourselves to go to Church for Mass, to be filled with the nourishing power of the Eucharist. It is by this that we are able to live God’ love to others.”
Held at the Immaculate Conception Theologate Chapel of the seminary on July 10, the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and the Rite of Institution to Ministries was also graced by the seminary formation team from the Dioceses of Malolos and Antipolo.
Permanent lay ministries
Since the reform of the minor orders to lay ministries by Pope Blessed Pope Paul VI in 1972, through the instruction motu proprio Ministeria Quaedam, the ministries of lectors and acolytes have been conferred upon seminarians during their theological studies in preparation for ordination to the priesthood.
Through these ministries, seminarians are called to serve in the liturgical celebrations as part of their spiritual and pastoral formation.
These ministries are also permanent in nature, in light of the seminarians’ training in Holy Orders, in contrast with lay ministries in parishes that are temporary, due to their assistance bound within the parish territory and by annual renewal of commitment through a rite of installation officiated by the parish priest.