Thursday, February 04, 2016

The Ordination Day of Bishop Lopes

The Ordination festivities started with a Prayer Vigil and Choral Evensong on Monday evening and a Tuesday morning mass for Candlemas, followed by talks. After this was an Ordinariate festival all afternoon. It started with the old English country dances performed by our kids and their homeschool friends.

Practicing upon arrival

Checking out the area with the inflatables

All of our dancers!

Time to perform!

The next performers were the bagpipers from St. Thomas Episcopal

Sisters fighting! 

A sweet little moment between some Sisters and a priest 

I just realized that these little ones were sitting in just the same spot!
 Two Sisters and a priest one day?

Babies and Texas ribs!

Babies and giant sticks!

Not photographed was our crazy afternoon of missing keys, waiting for Daddy, readying for the mass, finding dinner, circling downtown for a parking space, and finally arriving into the Co-Cathedral just as the procession was beginning! Steven and the big kids had a spot in the sanctuary but I stayed in the vestibule with Katie and later Thomas.

I believe there were around 150 priests, over 30 bishops, and 6 cardinals!

Cardinal Levada, our pastor Fr. Hough, and Cardinal Müller

Homily by Cardinal Levada

Bishop Lopes preparing for Ordination


And this was what my view was like during the mass!

I think this was my favorite part, Bishop Lopes' mother and step-father bringing up the gifts at the Offertory. His father died when he was a teen.

All the handsome altar servers

Cardinal Müller

Cardinals and Bishops

The newest Bishop!

My crazy crew after mass

Tommy with a plate of strawberry leaves

Katie Grace and her friend "Party Addy" having fun at the reception which ended at 11pm! We got home at midnight. A full, but very blessed and grace-filled day!

I'll also add the YouTube video of Bishop Lopes' remarks at the end of the mass. Especially poignant is the explanation of his motto "Magna Opera Domini," Great are the works of the Lord.

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