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PAGE 6 ,H, THE OBSERVER FRIDAY, JUNE 2, HAVE MERCY ON US---Immediately before the rite of ordination to the priesthood the six candidates lie prostrate on the sanctuary floor of St. James Pro-Cathedral. This is an act of humility and ~ petition for divine guidance. Meanwhile the Litany of the Saints is chanted . in which the Holy Trinity is asked to be merciful to these men and all the Saints of heaven are asked to intercede on their behalf. (Herzog photo) i ii ill iiiili LAYING ON OF HANDS---The imposition of hands is the out- ward sign of the Sacrament of Orders. Here Bishop Lane is shown imposing hands on the Rev. Lawrence M. Urbaniak the essential act by the ordaining Bishop is the ordination ceremony of last Saturday. (Herzog photo) / CONSECRATE THESE HANDS--After receiving the mark of the priesthood through the laying on of the Bishop's hands, the newly ordained priest presents his hands for the anoint- ing with the Oil of Catechumens. As he traces a cross and anoints the palms of the priest's hands, the ordaining Bishop prays: "Vouschafe, O Lord, to consecrate and sanctify these hands by this unction and our blessing . . . that whatsoever they shall bless may be blessed, and whatsoever they shall consecrate may be consecrated and sanctified " (Herzog photo) BOUND TO THE ALTAR--The anointed hands of the newly-ordained priest, Thomas Caugh- lin of St. Joseph parish, Elgin, are bound with a white clotl~ by the Rev. Philip L. Kennedy, Rockford. The index fingers remain free to t~uch the Mass vessels in the ceremony which follows immediately. Close-ups of this and o~her ceremonies in last Saturday's ordination rites gave thousands of viewers a new understanding of the Sacrament of Holy Orders as they watched the televised program of the ordination ceremony "carried from St. James Pro-Cathedral by Rockford station WREX-TV. (Herzog photo)' r Pictured on these pages are highlights from the May 27 ordination rites in St. James Pro. Cathedral, Rockford, in which the Most Rev. Loras T. Lane conferred the priesthood on six men: the Rev. Thomas F. Caughlin, tl~e Rev. Thomas J. Dempsey, the Rev. Harold J. Heineman, the Rev. James M. O'Brien, the Rev." William P. Staff and the Rev. Lawrence M. Urbaniak. These photos were taken during the{ nation ceremony wh(ch was also televisec Rockford station WREX-TV (channel I3) for the benefit of thousands of viewers in north- ern Illinois. This pictorial review of the ordination of a priest tells its own story and gives an op- portunity for reflection on the supernatura~ igaificance of the Catholic priesthood. NATURE OF THE PRIESTHOOD There is only one priesthood and one priest Jesus Christ. The power of priesthood i$ mediation between God and creation. Jesu~ Christ was essentially a ~mediator betweerl God and man. He was a priest by His Incar- nation and carried out the work of mediatior by his life and death. As St. Augustine says: "In as much as He is begotten of the Father, He is God, not a priest. He is priest by reasori of the flesh which He assumed." The priest- hood of Christ began at the moment of the Incarnation and once begun, it will never end. BODY OF CHRIST--The Most Rev. Loras T. Lane gives Holy Communion to the newly ordained priest, the Rev. Harold Heineman, Huntley, and the Rev. Thomas J. Dempsey, Chi- cago. Following their ordination to the priesthood earlier in the Mass, the newly ordained begin at the Offertory to offer Mass with the Bishop and pronounced for the first time in their lives the words of Consecration of the Bread and the wine. (Herzog photo) / ONlg. PRIESTHOOD---A descriptive and impressive ceremony follows immediately after the laying on of the Bishop's hands when all priests present also impose hands on the candidates. This act symbolizes the oneness of the priesthood of Christ which all priests share. In this photo (1 to r) the kneeling ea~diflgte$ Thonms F. Caughlin, Harold Heine.man and Law- rence Urbaniak receive imposition of hands from the Rcvs. Raymond Stewart, James Murphy ard .Robert Jack~on, pri:sts of the Rockford diocese. After this the Bishop prays that Almighty God may multiply heavenly gifts upon these His servants whom He has choscn for the office of the priest- hood. (Herzog photo) TO OFFER SACRIFICE--The priestly power to celebrate Holy Mass is demonstrated in the special rite of the touching of the sacred vessels--the chalice containing wine and the paten holdivg a wafer of bread. During this significant ceremony the ordaining Bishop declares8 "Receive the power to offer sacrifice to God and to celebl'ate Mass for the living as well a| for ~he dead. In the tame of the Uord." Minor ministers assisti~tg Bishop Lane in this cere movy are the Rev. Salvatore J. Guagliardo, Harvard, and the Rev. Joim A. Kraemer, Free. port. (Herzog photo)