Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Mass for the Reception of the Coadjutor Archbishop

This is a Mass of Reception or welcome; it is not an installation or an ordination. With this Mass, Coadjutor Archbishop Jose H. Gomez begins his ministry in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, as an assistant bishop to Cardinal Mahony, who will retire in accord with church law on his 75 birthday on Feb. 27, 2011. A Coadjutor Archbishop has right of succession.

The structure of the Mass is the same as what one might encounter on any given Sunday, with one notable addition: The Rite of Reception. Following Cardinal Mahony’s homily (sermon), the Chancellor of the Archdiocese, Sister Mary Elizabeth Galt, will present and read the Apostolic Letter from Rome announcing the appointment of Archbishop Gomez as Coadjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles. Cardinal Mahony will formally accept the letter, and ask the Assembly whether they are willing to support Archbishop Gomez. The Assembly will reply, “We Are.”

Cardinal Mahony will then address brief words of welcome to Archbishop Gomez on behalf of the Archdiocese. The Assembly will applaud and Cardinal Mahony will embrace Archbishop Gomez as a sign of welcome.

Additional details of the Mass: 
  • Cardinal Mahony will be principal celebrant of the Mass. He will be joined by six other cardinals, 59 bishops, and 411 priests.
  • Cardinal William Levada, the highest-ranking American in the Vatican, and Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia – both natives of Los Angeles – will be present.
  • Four thousand Catholic faithful will attend the Mass.
  • Scripture readings will be in Vietnamese, Spanish and English. Additional prayers will be offered in Chinese, Korean, Samoan, as well as a prayer in American Sign Language.
  • A multi-cultural choir and musicians will provide a diversity of styles of music used in worship.
  • Representatives of the Archdiocese’s diverse ethnic communities will dress the altar with cloths from their respective cultures in preparation for the Eucharist.
  • Archbishop Gomez will address the assembly following Communion.
  • The Cathedral bells will ring out in joy following the Final Blessing at the end of Mass.
  • Archbishop Gomez will greet and bless individuals on the Cathedral Plaza following the Mass.
  • Parishioners from each of the 288 parishes in the Archdiocese will attend the Mass.

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