The solemn ritual of the conferring of the tonsure symbolizing the candidate’s determination to abandon “the world” (Romans 12:2) and dedicate his life to God through the sacred orders.
Minor Order of Porter
His symbol is the keys since he is the guardian of the sacred building of the church. “Let your conduct be of a man who has to render to God an account of those things that are kept under these keys.”
Minor Order of Lector
He whose privilege it is to teach the basics of the Catholic Faith and to proclaim the sacred words from the Old and New Testament, doing so in such a way as to inspire the hearers to penetrate their spirit.
“Take, and be a proclaimer of the word of God; if you faithfully and usefully fulfill your duty, you shall share in the inheritance of those who from the beginning have served well the word of God.”
Minor Order of Exorcist
“Take and commit to memory, and have the power of imposing hands over the possessed, whether baptized or catechumen.”
Minor Order of Acolyte
“Receive this candle-stick and candle, and remember that from now on you are given the charge of lighting the candles of the church in the name of the Lord.”
“Receive these cruets to supply, in the name of the Lord, wine and water for the Eucharist of Christ’s blood.”
Committing himself to a life of chastity the candidate is given the privilege of assisting the deacon in preparing the materials for the Divine Sacrifice. “See what sort of ministry is entrusted to you: I admonish you, therefore, to show yourself worthy to please God.”
“Receive the book of the Epistles, with the power to read them in the Holy Church of God…”
The Church confers upon the candidate the right to proclaim the Gospel during the sacred mysteries, and to preach, baptize, and give the Bread of Eternal Life.
The bishop blesses the hands of the ordinand saying: “So that all that they bless may be blessed and all that they consecrate may be consecrated and sanctified.”
“Receive the power to offer to God the Holy Sacrifice and to celebrate Holy Mass both for the living and for the dead, in the name of the Lord…that for the salvation of Thy people and by their holy blessing, they may effect the transubstantiation of the bread and the wine into the Body and Blood of Thy Divine Son.”
“Receive the Holy Ghost; whose sins you shall forgive they are forgiven them, and whose sins you shall retain they are retained.” (John 20:22)