I’m blogging today the ordination of a friend, Rev. Deacon Jhoen Buenaventura, because among my friend-deacons, he is the only one who has the temerity to ask me to blog about it. hehehe… Jhoen is someone I met in the Friendster through Bluepanjeet, who featured Jhoen’s vocation story and mine in his blog. Like me, he was an OCD aspirant but then he decided to pursue the path to dicocesan priesthood by way of Balanga Diocese. Quite a gifted fellow, he was sent by his Bishop to Rome to throw his weight around Europe to study Theology. He then returned home after three years of lakwatsa of scholarly pursuits and about a few weeks later, on 3Oth of June, at the feast of the Martyrs of Rome, he was ordained as Deacon in Mariveles.
Mariveles is about three hours drive from Manila if you take a Cubao bus at dawn. Any later than 5am and you’ll spend an additional hour just weaving through North part of EDSA. Anyway, here is what I immediately saw upon my arrival in Mariveles.
Aba, at may banners pa! I met an old lady, obviously an usherette for the occasion (given away by her Maria Clara ensemble on a monday morning and that all-too-eager demeanor of someone who wanted to be useful in an occasion). I’m suspicious that this old lady might have read my previous post on seminary fashion as she immediately identified me as a seminarian. Upon demand, she directed me to where the best toilets are and even brought me to this nice house to have a breakfast, to which I was all too willing to follow. There, I found myself in the company of quite a number of seminarians, which explained why there’s no more breakfast left. When it comes to eating, seminarians are forces to reckon with.
Then we gathered at the Parish of St. Nicholas Tolentine to attend the Holy Mass, precided by Rev. Bp. Socrates Villegas, DD, the bishop of Balanga.
Here is Jhoen during his entrance procession.
Truth to tell, this is the first time I ever saw him. Aba, at may hitsura naman pala. medyo nakakaloko lang ang ngiti… Anyway, after a battery of Latin songs and a series of prayers and biblical readings, Jhoen was presented to the bishop as a candidate for ordination.
Then Bishop Soc, known for his meaty homilies, gave quite a mouthful for Jhoen to masticate. He explained in this exhortation the meaning of the color, red, in the Catholic liturgy.
Then Jhoen was anointed and was given the Scriptures.
then he was prayed upon by the Congregation by invoking the prayers of quite a long list of saints as he laid prostrate on the floor.
Then the bishop laid hands on him, invoking the Holy Spirit to be upon Jhoen.
Then he was given a new set of vestments to mark him as deacon. First is the half-stole (not visible in the picture) which is like a sash worn across the chest of the deacons like there were beauty contenstants. Then there’s the dalmatic which is a formal liturgical wear for those who wish to sweat more during the Mass. He is vested by his parents and by a couple of priests.
Then Jhoen is welcomed by his bishop and his fellow deacons with asphyxiating embraces.
Then Jhoen is given his rightful place in the sanctuary, which is actually a chair on the corner of the sanctuary. hehehe…
Of course, there’s the table service where at this picture, Jhoen acted as the sommelier. har!
As part of his ordained ministry, he can now perform exclusive clerical acts like the Elevation of the Sacred Species.
Then he distributed the Holy Hosts to the faithful. He called me by name when I hac my communion with him. I particularly chose to take this picture because all of them here are wearing red. Wala lang, trip ko lang…
Then Jhoen gave his “thank you” speech to the faithful.
Of course, the event is capped with picture-taking
Congratulations, Rev. Jhoen, and keep us in your prayers!