16 Deacons of the Archdiocese of Colombo were ordained as priests on Saturday the 10th May 2014 at St. Lucia's Cathedral, Kotahena, Colombo 13.
His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo, presided at the Sacerdotal Ordination ceremony together with the Auxiliary Bishops, Bishop Emmanuel Fernando, Bishop Maxwell Silva and also Archbishop Emeritus Nicholas Marcus Fernando, Archbishop Emeritus Oswald Gomis, Episcopal Vicars, Rectors of the Semnarie
Ordination to the priesthood takes place within the context of the Catholic Mass. The rite, most of which dates back many centuries, is punctuated with a number of distinct parts which are described below with both text and pictures. It is a time of great joy and celebration on the part of the newly ordained priest, his family and friends, and all of those who have supported and encouraged him along the journey of his vocation. The celebration continues with a reception following the Mass of Ordination. The following day, or shortly thereafter, the new priest celebrates his first Mass giving thanks to God and to all of those who have helped him along the way. Family and friends usually gather for this special Mass.