Bishop Albert Weekend–Blessings–Gifts–Spiritual Bouquets — Reception
Bishop Albert’s Ordination
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Bishop Albert Weekend, Masses, Celebration, and Reception
Bishop Albert’ s Coat of Arm
In Bishop Bahhuth’s design, the top of the shield is blue which represents the Blessed Virgin Mary and Her love for her Son and His Church. On it appears the Fleur de Lys, the universal symbol for the Mother of Christ. All other symbols for Mary are representative of Her under one title or another or to represent one particular Marian apparition. The Fleur de Lys in Catholic heraldry, however, universally covers every title and role of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Below the Los Angeles Dedicated Charge on Bishop Bahhuth’s coat of arms, there is a heraldic pattern called the “barry wavy.” This type of pattern represents water, movement, travel and resettlement. This was chosen to honor Bishop Bahhuth’s original roots in Lebanon and his choice of residence in California. These lines also represent the sacrament of baptism, which is the first sacrament which an ordained priest and bishop presides over after their Rite of Ordination.
There is a rendering of an open Book of Scripture with the word “ICHTHUS” written across the two open pages. This word was the early church’s emblem to identify themselves as secret devotees of Jesus Christ, Redeemer of Mankind. Bishop Bahhuth has written: “If I help one person to come to know Jesus, that person will have eternal life.” So, to bring this sentiment into his heraldic achievement, the open scriptures are marked with the word ICHTHUS, representing the importance of bringing Christ to everyone Bishop Bahhuth encounters.
The next field in Bishop Bahhut’s coat of arms is in red. Red first and foremost represents the blood of Christ, and the Holy Eucharist in the form of the Sacred Blood. Red is also the color of deep emotion, particularly love for Jesus Christ and His love for us in return.
There also appears the Catholic heraldic emblem for the Good Shepherd. Catholic heraldry actually does not permit the image of Christ carrying the lost sheep, so for hundreds of years the proper emblem for devotion to Jesus the Good Shepherd has been the image of a lamb with the halo and a shepherd’s staff.
The shield’s three colors, red white and blue are a subtle tribute to the United States, the land where the bishop’s vocation both was awakened and came to fruition.
The bishop has the same external elements specific to ecclesial heraldry, such as the galero hat, the twelve tassels, and the episcopal cross. Bishop Bahhut’s cross is uniquely rendered in gold with an emerald at the center. Emeralds are regarded as the stone of Lebanon and bring further homage to the bishop’s family heritage.
Additionally, in biblical times, emeralds were considered priestly stones and were commonly used to chase evil out of the possessed. Lastly, the motif worked inside the episcopal cross is in the form of wheat sheaves, representing the Eucharist.
What is the role of an Auxiliary Bishop?
Auxiliary bishops are appointed by the pope at the request of the diocesan bishop “when pastoral needs require” their presence, according to the Code of Canon Law (Can. 403, §1). Their role is to assist the diocesan bishop in the functions of the office and the diocese, but the exact nature of his duties depends on the diocese, its demographics and the responsibilities a bishop assigns him.
How you might like to help celebrate Bishop Albert…
A Spiritual Bouquet
A spiritual bouquet is the offering of prayers and or sacrifices to another as a gift. This can be indicated in many ways, but traditionally it’s in the form of a card letting the person know what prayers or sacrifices have been offered up for them.
We will have cards ready for pick up starting on September 1st. Take your card home and personalize it and then return it to the Pastoral Center to be placed with the other Spiritual cards to be given to Bishop Albert.
Bishops wear certain regalia which are distinctive of the Order of Bishop, the fullness of the Sacrament of Holy Orders– the pectoral cross, ring, mitre, crozier and pallium.
A crosier a stylized shepherd’s staff. The staff is first mentioned in the Book of Exodus (4:2) when God appears to Moses in the burning bush. God asks what Moses has in his hand, and Moses answers a staff.
The people of Holy Family are going to gift Bishop Albert with a crozier. If you would like to contribute to this gift click here.
Blessings and Reception
Invoking the presence of our loving God, a blessing involves offering prayers for the success, joy, and happiness.
During the Sunday Masses on September 30th and October 1st, the people of Holy Family will extend their blessings to Bishop Albert as he assumes his new responsibilities as the Auxiliary Bishop of the San Fernando Pastoral Region.
Following each of the Masses, Bishop Albert will be present to receive the heartfelt well wishes of parishioners and to bestow his episcopal (bishop) blessings. This gathering will take place in the Parish Hall, where attendees will also be able to enjoy refreshments.
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