On Saturday, March 17th, 2018, His Excellency Alfonso de Galarreta conferred the first of the Major Orders, the Subdiaconate, on 5 seminarians. The ceremony took place in the new North American seminary of the Society of St. Pius X located in Dillwyn Virginia.
This particular ordination to the subdiaconate is one that stands in stark contradiction to the standards of the world - as it is the first of the major orders as well as the last moment a man might even consider living as a layman. During this ceremony, at which FSSPX.NEWS was privileged enough to attend, five men lay prostrate on the floor in silence as the community prayed the litany of the saints imploring protection, guidance, and strength for each of these young men to make the choice they were called to make.
Once the litany had been sung, the Bishop exhorted each candidate to consider the gravity of their next step - reminding them that once it was taken they could never again consider the married life or any life outside that of a celibate religious. Each candidate was then called by name and as each stepped forward it signaled to all present the decision that had been made and the vow that would forever set them apart as chosen and ordained ministers of God.
This ordination of 5 men is no small matter for the future of the Society of St. Pius X or the Church at large. It is in these future priestly ordinands that the priesthood lives on and through which the Sacrifice of the Mass will continue to be offered. Every ordination reconfirms the continuity of the priesthood from the Apostles on down to the new ordinands of last week.