On Friday, December 7, 2012, the day before the Memorial of Mary the Immaculate, St. Peter Cathedral witnessed the Deaconate Ordination of Shamasha Aziz Razoky through the laying on of hands by His Excellency, Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo. The Mass took place at 6PM and was broadcast live on www.kaldu.tv.
The Deaconate Ordination was an inspiring event to witness. Through the laying on of hands by the Bishop, Shamasha Aziz was elevated from the category of Sub-deacon to Deacon. Very few souls are called to this special vocation and it is always a powerful ceremony to be present at. After the Deacon is ordained, he is lead around the Altar he will continue to serve for the rest of his life. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraphs 1569-1570:
“At a lower level of the hierarchy are to be found deacons, who receive the imposition of hands ‘not unto the priesthood, but unto the ministry.”‘ At an ordination to the diaconate only the bishop lays hands on the candidate, thus signifying the deacon’s special attachment to the bishop in the tasks of his “diakonia.”
Deacons share in Christ’s mission and grace in a special way. The sacrament of Holy Orders marks them with an imprint (“character”) which cannot be removed and which configures them to Christ, who made himself the “deacon” or servant of all. Among other tasks, it is the task of deacons to assist the bishop and priests in the celebration of the divine mysteries, above all the Eucharist, in the distribution of Holy Communion, in assisting at and blessing marriages, in the proclamation of the Gospel and preaching, in presiding over funerals, and in dedicating themselves to the various ministries of charity.
Afterward, a short reception took place in the St. Peter’s Church Hall in celebration of the event. May the prayers of Our Lady the Immaculate be with all of those who have dedicated themselves to serving the Lord’s Altar.