Five years ago last evening and today, my "installation" as 10th bishop and 9th archbishop of Ottawa took place in two parts. On Monday evening, June 25, there was a ceremony of prayer and welcome (after my oath of office in the presence of the College of Consultors and a festive supper). On Tuesday morning, June 26, the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Luigi Ventura presided at the Eucharist of my installation.
Unfortunately, I cannot put my hands on photos from the Mass, but above and below are some more photos from the evening service of prayer and welcome:
O God, shepherd and ruler of all the faithful, look favourably on your servant, whom you have set at the head of your Church of Ottawa as her shepherd; grant, we pray, that by word and example he may be of service to those over whom he presides, so that, together with the flock entrusted to his care, he may come to everlasting life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
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Celebration of St. Josemaria Escriva
O God, who raised up your priest Saint Josemaría in the Church to proclaim the universal call to holiness and the apostolate, grant that by his intercession and example we may, through our daily work, be formed in the likeness of Jesus your Son and serve the work of redemption with burning love. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
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St. Josemaria Escriva died on June 26, 1975, so that is the date of his optional memorial in some dioceses and of his solemnity in the communties of Opus Dei. Here in Ottawa, we anticipated the feast on Saturday morning in Notre Dame Cathedral.
Some photos, several of which were taken by Fernand Côté: