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Sunday, November 8, 2020

In the light of canon 1035 of the 1983 code and the magisterial document: Ministeria Quaedam of Pope Paul VI, before anyone may be promoted to the diaconate, he must have received the ministries of lector and acolyte. The office of the lector is to read the Word of God in the liturgical assembly while the acolyte is appointed to assist the deacon and to minister to the priest. To meet these requirements before ordination into the Catholic priesthood, 54 and 45 Seminarians were installed into the ministries of Lectors and Acolytes, respectively, on 1st November, 2020, when the Universal Church celebrates the Solemnity of All Saints. The installation was administered by Most Rev. Dr. Francis Obafemi Adesina (Catholic Bishop of Ijebu-Ode Diocese). Speaking at the homily, the Chief Celebrant, Most Rev. Francis Adesina, intimated the candidates that their been installed to different ministries on a day in which the Church celebrates the Solemnity of All Saints is not a coincidence but a reminder of their call to sainthood. Through these ministries they are to nourish the lives of the brethren with the virtues of Hope, Faith, Love and Humility. He also charged the candidates to be mindful of their call to service in different areas in the church- reminding the lectors of their call to service at the table of God’s word and to help prepare the faithful for the reception of the Eucharist through the proclamation of the Word. And Acolytes, he reminded of their service at the table of the Eucharist and fidelity to the Church’s tradition. The installation was followed by a Thanksgiving procession to the altar by the final year philosophy students, who at the Mass thanked God for the successful completion of their training in the philosophy department as they anticipate their final examinations. We congratulate and rejoice with our brothers for attaining such a feat in their formation and pray that for the sustenance of vocation. Amen.


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