Posted by: ioannespaulus | June 30, 2009

The Binding of Hands in the Traditional Rite of Ordination

In the last session, I made reference to the Gospel text from the notes of Session 4 (Evangelium secundum Ioannem XXI, xv – xix), where Jesus said to St. Peter, “When thou wast younger, thou didst gird thyself and didst walk where thou wouldst. But when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee and lead thee whither thou wouldst not.” And how in the traditional rite of ordination, after the priest just got ordained by the bishop, his hands will be bounded to remind him of this passage. I found an old video of the traditional ordination. Watch how the hands are bounded immediately after they are consecrated. Enjoy! (Also… Try to see how much Latin you can understand from the video now that you’ve gone through 5 sessions!)

You can watch it here:



  1. Lots and lots of wonderful chant mp3s free for download here:

    Something of note that people may be interested in is the Ut queant laxis here (albeit mistitled):
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