On Saturday 6th July 2013 Reverend Deacon Mansel Usher will be ordained to the Sacred Priesthood at St Joseph's Cathedral, Swansea at 11.30am
We dedicate our prayers to Mansel for his vocation and thank Almighty God for sending us another priest.
Fr Mansel's first Mass will be at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Morriston on Sunday 7th July at 11am.
A spiritual bouquet is being prepared for Fr Mansel and those who wish to dedicate a Mass or a Rosary on his behalf should contact Fr Jason Jones at The Sacred Heart.
PRAYER FOR A NEWLY ORDAINED PRIEST
O God, the source of all holiness, whose consecration is ever effective, whose blessing is ever fulfilled, pour out on these servants of yours, whom we now raise to the dignity of the priesthood, the gift of your blessing.
By their noble and exemplary lives let them prove that they are really elders of the people, and true to the norms laid down by Paul to Timothy and Titus.
Let them meditate on your law day and night, so that they may believe what they have read, and teach what they have believed, and practice what they have taught.
May justice, constancy, mercy, courage, and all the other virtues be reflected in their every way of acting.
May they inspire others by their example, and hearten them by their admonitions.
May they keep pure and spotless the gift of their high calling. For the worship of your people may they change bread and wine into the body and blood of your Son by a holy consecration.
May they through persevering charity mature "unto the perfect man, unto the measure of the age of the fullness of Christ," and rise on the day of the just and eternal judgment of God with a good conscience, true faith, and the full gifts of the Holy Spirit.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever