In this episode of the Catholic Link podcast, Fr. Rob talks about the ministries of lector and acolyte as seen through Paul VI’s Motu Proprio, Ministeria Quaedam and Francis’ Spiritus Domini. In the past, these roles were understood as minor orders, leading up to the major orders of sub-deacon, deacon, and priest. The other minor orders were porter, lector, exorcist, and acolyte. Since 1972, Pope Paul VI reformed the minor orders and now they are called ministries consisting of lector and acolyte. The sub-deacon role no longer exists either. Today, the ministries of lector and acolyte are open to all the lay faithful as a means to assist in the liturgy and fulfill their baptismal call to be priests, prophets, and kings.
Listen to the previous episode where Fr. Rob talks about the often misunderstood Sacrament in the Church: Anointing of the Sick. What is the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick for? What does Anointing of the Sick do? Fr. Rob answers these questions as well as why there is sickness and pain in the world to begin with. Spoiler alert: the answer to that is sin. Anointing of the Sick is a way of uniting one’s suffering to Christ and allowing him to use your pain and suffering as a means to salvation. Have you ever known anyone who received anointing of the sick? Have you ever received anointing of the sick?
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