Lector instituted at Melbourne Cathedral
Archbishop Hart made Paul Pavlou an instituted lector at the 11.00 am Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne yesterday, 6 October 2002.
Paul Pavlou wore an alb for the ceremony but did not read. Instead the readings were done by a man named Harry and a woman. There were other flaws in the Mass.
As well as having the institution of a lector there was also the Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Ordination as Deacons and Priests. This is forbidden by the instruction for this ceremony:
Archbishop Hart sat for the Kyrie and Gloria. He usually does that at the 11.00 am Sunday Mass, despite the instructions in the liturgical books to stand. In recent months he stood when the people sang parts of the Kyrie and sat when only the choir sang it. But for yesterday's Mass he sat even when the people were to do some of the singing.
The correct order is: Gospel, homily, Profession of Faith.
Archbishop Denis J. Hart has gone to considerable lengths to promote the liturgy over many years. At the beginning of many of the Australian liturgical books, such as the Lectionary published in 1983, there is: "Concordat cum originali: Denis J. Hart".
In the Preface to Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite (Ignatius Press, ISBN 0-89870-526-6, 1995) Very Reverend Peter Elliott wrote:
In his homily of 25 September 2002 to the Guild of Saint Stephen Archbishop Hart said:
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