SINGAPORE – Almost 120 people attended the closing triduum Mass at St. Francis Xavier Major Seminary on Nov 30 celebrated by Archbishop Nicholas Chia. About half of the congregation comprised relatives and friends of the five Malaysian seminarians who were installed as lector and acolytes at the Mass.

The multicultural Mass was held as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the diocesan seminary.

“These seminarians have gone through seven to eight years of formation,” said Archbishop Chia. “The installation is important because it will help them to prepare to be properly disposed for the Eucharistic celebration when the time comes for their priestly ordination.”

Brother Martin Arlando, from the Diocese of Penang, was installed as Lector, while Brothers Alan Pereira (Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur), Andrew Stephen (Diocese of Penang), Lionel Thomas and Moses Rayappan (Diocese of Melaka-Johor) were installed as Acolytes.

The lector is appointed for the function of reading the Word of God in the liturgical assembly, to proclaim the readings from sacred Scripture, except for the Gospel, in the Mass and other sacred celebrations.

An acolyte is appointed to aid the deacon and to minister to the priest in liturgical celebrations. He is also to distribute Holy Communion as a special minister. In extraordinary circumstances, an acolyte may be entrusted with publicly exposing the Blessed Sacrament for adoration by the faithful and afterward replacing it, but not with blessing the people. - Daniel Tay, The Catholic News

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