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A special celebration
November 9, 2009 - Cindy Votruba
It’s not every day when you see 30 or so priests on the altar at Holy Redeemer, but there were about that many present at Zach Peterson’s diaconate ordination Saturday.
I was part of a choir assembled for the celebration, with members from Cottonwood, Tracy, Marshall and Sleepy Eye. It was nice to sing with a fuller choir for once and more than three total altos. One of them said she’d probably tear up at some part of the ordination, so she had kleenex handy. In all my years of being Catholic, this is the first ordination I’ve been to. Even I found myself tearing up during one of the songs, I caught Zach hugging his mom and dad, who were once part of the Holy Redeemer Choir. OK, I had to get through the song.
It was cool to see all the priests quietly mouthing the first eucharistic prayer and stretching out their hands to support Zach. For a minute there, I thought they’d have him preside along with them (he was given a clip-on mic when he got his vestments. He thanked those who came and supported him at the end, and we launched into the last song. A very informative and interesting ceremony.
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