Solemn Installation Rite of The Most Rev. Richard Gerard Lennon,The Tenth Bishop of the Diocese ofClevelandMay 15, 2006
Bishop Lennons Motto: "Diligamus Nos Invicem", "Let Us Love One Another."
I. The Solemn installation liturgy begins at 3:00 p.m. with a procession from outside the Cathedral which will include---in this order---The Deacons of the Diocese, Priests (local and visiting), the visiting Bishops, followed by His Eminence Sean Cardinal OMalley,OFM CAP, Archbishop of Boston.
At the end of the procession is Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk (pill-LAR-chick) of
Along with Cardinal OMalley, some 30 Bishops from around the country are in attendance ranging from
More than 320 diocesan and visiting priests (wearing Chasubles) are participating along with more than 30 Deacons (wearing stoles) from the Diocese of Cleveland.
II. Once the main portion of the procession is in place in the Cathedral, the second smaller segment, will remain at the door where the Installing Prelate, Archbishop Pilarczyk will officially welcome Bishop Lennon to the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. This second group will then process to the sanctuary (altar area) where Archbishop Pilarczyk will open the Liturgy (ceremony and Mass) with the sign of the cross and a greeting.
III. Now in the Sanctuary, Archbishop Pilarczyk asks the Apostolic Delegate, the Papal Nuncio Pietro Sambi to read the Letter of appointment from Pope Benedict XVI. Archbishop Sambi will read the letter from the Ambo (pulpit area) and then the choir and congregation will sing the acclimation Thanks be to God.
The Papal letter is then given to Bishop Lennon who will go down to the front of the altar and formally present it to the Diocese of Cleveland College of Consulters who will receive the letter.
IV. Once the Papal letter has been received, Archbishop Pilarczyk and the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Sambi lead Bishop Lennon to the Cathedra Chair. (The Chair is the sign of the Teaching Authority of the Bishop).
When Bishop Lennon is seated in the Cathedra Chair, he officially takes possession of the Diocese .
The Bishops chair represents the servant-leadership and teaching authority which the Bishop exercises in fidelity to the Apostles themselves, as he formally takes up his ministry as Shepherd of the Lords Flock in the Diocese of Cleveland.
As he assumes governance of the Diocese he is given the pastoral staff or crosier (CROW-zure) in his role as shepherd of the people.
It is the symbol of his ministry as leader of the Church in
V. Sign of Welcome and Reverence .
Members of the Bishops Staff introduce him to representatives of civil authority, interfaith and ecumenical leaders, the lay faithful, lay ecclesial ministers, religious women and men, Deacons and Priests.
People from 39 different categories, all involved in some way with the Diocese, will be introduced. The introductions will be made by:
1) Father Ralph Wiatrowski, Chancellor of the Diocese
2) Margaret Lyons and Joyce Kelleher---Margaret is the Superintendent of Schools
and Secretary of Education. Joyce is the Secretary for Catechetical Services.
3) Tom Mullen---President of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of
John Maimone, Secretary for Finance.
4) Fr. Lawrence Jurcak Vicar for Clergy and Religious
Sr. Rita Mary Harwood Secretary for Parish Life and Development
Reflecting on his new role of Diocesan leadership the assembled sing a song of faith, joy and enthusiastic welcome to the new Bishop Thanks be to God.
VI. Mass is underway with The Liturgy of the Word .
These readings were the choice of Bishop Lennon based on their significance
to his installation:
First Reading will be read by Samantha Tulisiak A student at
From the Acts of the ApostlesChapter 2 verses 42-47.
This reading reflects on the role of the Bishop to be faithful to the teachings of the Church particularly in matters of prayer, teaching and the Eucharist.
The Responsorial Psalm will be sung accapella in an African rhythmic style.
Ephesians Chapter 1Verses 3-14.
In all that the Bishop does he Stands for Christ.
The Gospel will be Sung by Deacon Stephen YatesPastoral Minister at Holy Angels Parish in
The Gospel.of St. John.Chapter 17.verses 17-23
This Gospel focuses on Sanctifying them in the truth the aspect of making the faithful holy, while staying faithful to the teachings of the Jesus Christ. The three readings are all traditionally associated with the ordination and/or Installation of Bishops.
VII. The Homily Bishop Lennons Sermon
VIII. The Prayers of the Faithful .
In today’s prayers of the Faithful, the Church’s universal prayer, the intercessions are proclaimed in five languages, manifesting the rich cultural diversity of
The intercessions are read in:
German---Stefanie or Edwin Moore
Ibo (African)---Maria Hanan
English ---John Power
English---Sr. Kathleen Ryan
Mr. Kha Vu ---Vietnamese
IX. Preparation of the Gifts .
The Bread and Wine are brought forward as offerings for consecration into the body and blood of Jesus Christ. The gift bearers represent two distinct aspects of the Diocesan Community.
Mr. Alberto Napthali --- The head of maintenance for
Sr. Carol Anne Smith--- The Executive Director of the Diocese of
X. The Eucharistic Prayer---the High point of the entire Liturgy .
The bread and winethrough transubstantiation---become the body and blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The bread and the wine are elevated and witnessed by the entire congregation:
1) In adherence to the command of Jesus---we give thanks to God for all that God has done.
2) In the midst of giving thanks to God, we Give thanks to God for the transformation of bread and wine into his body and blood.
XI. The Lords Prayer
The assembly prays the prayer that Jesus taught us in the scripture.
XII. The Sign of Peace.
Adhering to one of the earliest practices of the Churchall turn and offer
each other a sign of priest as Christ had taught us.
XIII. Breaking of the Bread
As the Hosts are being divided the Lamb of God is sung. This litany is traditional and this particular piece of music was commission for the Diocese in the late 1970s.
XIV. Distribution of Holy Communion
The Song being sung during distribution of communionFaith, Hope and Love was commissioned for the Diocese in the early 1970s and is interspersed with the traditional Cesar Franck hymn Panis Angelicus which was requested by Bishop Lennon.
XV. Post Communion. Song of Thanksgiving The Magnificat the song of Mary My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
Sung as a hymn of Thanksgiving and in special recognition of the Blessed Virgin and her role as Mother of the Church. Bishop Lennons Coat-of-Arms includes a star symbolizing the Virgin Mary.