On Friday morning, July 13, 2018, two seminarians of Mar Abba the Great were ordained as Deacons. For them, this will be the final step before their priestly ordination. Daniel Shabilla and Peter Patros have spent the last six years studying in preparation for priesthood. Today’s event marks a step closer to their final ordination and dedication. The ordination was performed by His Excellency, Mar Emanuel Shaleta with the assistance of Emeritus Bishop Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo. The Mass took place at 10AM at St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Cathedral. A number of priests and fellow religious attended the ordination, along with a number of shamashe and shamashyatha. The church was also filled with many faithful who had come to witness the beautiful event.
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.