On the eve of their Ordination to the priesthood, the transitional deacons waiting to be ordained gathered with fellow seminarians, priests, family, and friends to pray Vespers, also known as Evening Prayer.
It was during Vespers that the chalice and paten, given to Father Luis Salazar and Father Martin Nguyen as gifts, were blessed by Bishop John Noonan. The chalices and patens are of particular significance to these men who were ordained on May 28.
Father Salazar’s chalice and paten was given to him by the community of Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Indialantic, where he served his pastoral year. Salazar chose the design of Jesus with the 12 apostles.
“I loved it and knew it was the chalice I wanted once I saw it,” he said “because it represents Jesus calling his 12 apostles and I am going to be one of those chosen by Jesus to exercise his priesthood.”
Father Nguyen’s chalice is also sentimental as it was given to him by the late Bishop Norbert Dorsey the week before he passed away. The chalice has the image of Jesus in the center with the four evangelists: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The chalice was used by Bishop Dorsey in his home chapel. Father Nguyen’s paten was given to him by his mother, Mai Nguyen and will soon be engraved.
The homily during Vespers before Ordination is customarily given by the “baby priest,” the youngest priest ordained the previous year. This year’s honor went to Father Christopher Dorsey. Father Dorsey reflected on his past year and emphasized the need to have the confidence that comes when one speaks “as an emissary for Christ.” In closing, he reminded them, “You are in Christ’s heart and in the heart of His people.”