preparation for tomorrow's ordination of Bishop elect
Tonight was the solemn prayer of the church, or evening vespers... With one very important change.
It was a full house at Saint Peter Cathedral...
welcome Bishop elect
In the middle of the evening vespers, Bishop Trautman will bless four important symbols that Bishop elect Persico will be presented with tomorrow morning...
His ring...his miter...and his croisier, or pastoral staff, and pectoral cross.
The ring symbolizes that Bishop elect Persico is now bound to this diocese... To lead it, and remain faithful to Christ and his church.
The miter is his liturgical head dress...that reminds him the one who serves the lord will find everlasting happiness...
pastoral staff.. That should remind Bishop elect Persico that he is a Shepard
to serves gods people in 13 counties in northwestern
And the pectoral cross... That he will wear over his heart, that marks him as a true follower of Christ.