Toronto Oratory: Jesuit Ordained to the Subdiaconate by Archbishop of Ottawa

We do not feature a great deal in the way of event news on LAJ given our particularly tight focus, however, this particular event brought together not only a nice bit of news, but also some focus on some of the liturgical arts associated with the Solemn Pontifical Mass in the usus antiquior.

From our friends at the Toronto Oratory:
On Tuesday, April 23, 2019, His Excellency Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa, ordained Mr. Teodor-Gheorghe Avram, S.J. to the subdiaconate at Holy Family Church. Archbishop Prendergast, a longtime friend of the Toronto Oratory, enlisted the Oratorians’ liturgical experience with the old rite to mount the ordination, as traditionally conferred, within a Pontifical Solemn Mass at the Faldstool. The Romanian-born Mr Avram, a Jesuit of the Irish Province studying at Regis College in Toronto, had received the tonsure and the minor orders from Archbishop Prendergast on February 18 at St Clement’s, the FSSP parish in Ottawa.

Several liturgical items had to be made or borrowed for this first Pontifical Solemn Mass at the Toronto Oratory. Br Sacristan made the Faldstool and constructed such pontifical vestments as the Archbishop’s tunicle and dalmatic, buskins (liturgical stockings), and a golden mitre. Other items were generously lent for the occasion by a private donor.


Music for the Mass was provided by the Oratory Choir: Missa Tu es Petrus (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina); Offertory: Haec dies (Charles Wood); Communion: Dum transisset Sabbatum (John Taverner); Organ: Final, from Symphony No. 1 (Louis Vierne).
Some photos from the Oratory:

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