We attended the Ordination of Father Alexander Abraham Joseph on Saturday May 25 at Our Lady of Lebanon Church in Easton, Pennsylvania. It was a beautiful Liturgy and Rite of Ordination celebrated by His Excellency Bishop Gregory Mansour and concelebrated by Chorbishop Seely Beggiani and several other priests from Maronite and Roman Catholic Churches.
Below is an excerpt taken from the Rite of Ordination of the Priest while the Bishop imposes his left hand on the Mysteries (the Body of Christ & the Chalice) and his right hand on the candidate’s head, as he prays:
“Mighty and wondrous God, whose greatness and gifts are countless, you know everything before it comes to be. In your grace, call your servant Alex, who is raised from the Order of Deacons to the heavenly Order of Priests. May he always perform good deeds, serve at your altar without stain, and keep your divine word, so that your holy name may be glorified in him both in heaven and on earth, and in the holy Church. He has betrothed himself to her, and in her name is perfected as a priest. Make him worthy to go out to meet you, rejoicing at your glorious second coming, and to receive the reward of your chaste priests. With him, we raise glory to you, now and forever. Amen.”