Bishop-elect Alfred A. Schlert, who will be ordained a bishop and be installed as the fifth Bishop of Allentown on August 31, 2017, will publicly make a Profession of Faith and take an Oath of Fidelity within a celebration of Solemn Vespers at the Cathedral of Saint Catharine of Siena in Allentown on Wednesday, August 30, 201, at 7 PM.
The Celebration of Vespers will be presided over by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.. The Vespers celebration will begin with a procession into the Cathedral including the Seminarians, Deacons, and Priests of the Diocese of Allentown. This Celebration of Solemn Vespers will be open to the public.
The Celebration of Vespers, or “Evening Prayer,” includes the singing of Psalms. After the Psalms are sung, there is a reading from Sacred Scripture. Bishop-elect Schlert will then preach the homily.
Following the homily, the Insignia, or signs of his office (ring, miter and crosier) will be blessed by Archbishop Pierre. Following the blessing of the Insignia, Bishop-elect Schlert will stand before the altar and face the people to publicly profess his fidelity to the Catholic Church, all of its teachings, and his fidelity and loyalty to the Holy Father. The Oath that is taken is canonically and morally binding on the Bishop.
After the Profession of Faith and the Oath of Fidelity, the Canticle of Mary, known as “the Magnificat,” will be sung. The Liturgy concludes with Intercessions, the Lord’s Prayer, and a Final Blessing. All those who processed in will process out of the Cathedral in the same order. There will be a brief reception in the Cathedral’s Parish Activity Center after the ceremony.
The Vespers Service will be broadcast live on Service Electric Cable TV.
The Mass of Ordination and Installation, admission to which is by ticket only, will be celebrated on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 2 PM at the Cathedral. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M., Cap., will be the Main Celebrant.