Installation of Acolytes at St Patrick's Cathedral

By Olek Stirrat

The mystery of the Trinity is “the central mystery of the Christian faith and of Christian life.”[1] It is from this very mystery that we draw life and through which we may come to know who God is, and what he has done for us.

Today we celebrated the feast of the Most Holy Trinity at the 11am Mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral. The beautiful and sensually-engaging liturgy, was presided over by His Grace, the Most Reverend Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart. In the context of the liturgy, three men in their fourth year of seminary formation: Trac Nguyen, James Baptist and Nathan Rawlins, were instituted as acolytes. An acolyte is an officially recognised minister who, assists the priest as a special minister of the Eucharist, by giving communion to the faithful.

It is through the service of acolytes that the most profound manifestation of the Most Holy Trinity may be brought to us, namely through the Eucharist.

And so let us pray for Trac, James and Nathan so that, as His Grace, mentioned in his homily, they may “live in deepest union with Jesus and with the Father and the Holy Spirit” and that the “Father, the Giver of life, will inspire them as they go forward in their studies.”

[1] Catechism of the Catholic Church, English translation. 2nd ed. (1997), n. 261.