Encouraging Extraordinary Form News

For your “Brick By Brick” file.

My old friend His Excellency Most Rev. Alexander Sample, Bishop by the Grace of God and the Apostolic See of Marquette in Michigan, recently ordained deacons and subdeacons for the Institute of Christ the King.

His Excellency has a Facebook page HERE.  The ICK has photos HERE.

Dressing the bishop…

The bishop dressed:

The bishop ordaining:

The bishop and friends:

Lot’s of photos over there.



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  1. Whooo… encouraging is an understatement. Bishop Sample, long may he reign, looks like Bishop Fellay of the SSPX. Very traditional, absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Indulgentiam says:

    Sursum Corda! May their number increase! Deo Gratias! Our Lady Queen of the Clergy, clearly Her prayers avail much!

  3. Legisperitus says:

    Not sure I’ve ever seen blue cassocks before. Is there a meaning?

  4. Clinton R. says:

    Beautiful, just beautiful. Deo Gratias! May this be the present and future of the Church. +JMJ+

  5. FrJLP says:

    Awesome! Love that miter! Bishop Sample is a fine and reasonable man. He was, when he was still Msgr. Sample, one of our apostolic visitators to the seminary where I studies. He certainly brought much wisdom and clarity with him. We treated him to Hurricane Wilma while he was there, and found out he is also a hard worker and can deftly wield an ax and chainsaw when needed! :-) May he continue to be a blessing to Michigan and the Church in the U.S.A.

  6. AnnAsher says:

    Encouraging and lovely.

  7. Supertradmum says:

    Great photos, thanks so much and long may he be pastor over this flock.

  8. eyeclinic says:

    Please pray as well that Bp. Sample will stay in Michigan! We always seem to lose good bishops and priests to other “more important” sees. But God’s will be done.

  9. ByzCath08 says:

    The ICK priests wear black cassocks during most of the year. At least in Arizona, they wear white during the summer months. The blue choir dress is reserved for feast days and special events, such as ordinations.

  10. ByzCath08 says:

    Forgot to finish that thought. They wear blue in honor of the Blessed Mother.

  11. Bea says:

    Bricks by many Bricks.
    Great photos.
    Great future for our beloved Church.
    May God continue to bless the ICK, FSSP et al,
    That all things may be restored in Christ.

  12. TZ says:

    Beautiful photographs. I do hope (and pray) to live to see such things here in North Dakota.

  13. ray from mn says:

    Father, where did those ordinations take place? It was not in the beautiful St. Peter’s Cathedral in Marquette. It must have been in one of the ICKSP’s Oratories, I would guess. Especially with that many altar boys, sic, boys, present for the photo op.

  14. acardnal says:

    @ray from mn: according to the Bishop’s Facebook page, Florence.


  15. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:


    We are blessed to have the ministrations of the Institute here in Silicon Valley. I’m thrilled to see pictures of these ordinations, and that the bishop was someone other than Cardinal Burke: the more bishops who do these, the more the contagion of tradition will spread, and the healthier the Church will become.

  16. David in T.O. says:

    Yes Sir, he is a bishop all right. No mistaking that!


    And the good UPers the better for it!

  17. cathdeac says:

    Actually, His Excellency cannot have “ordained” any subdeacons, for the Subdiaconate does not exist anymore among the orders in the Latin Catholic Church (Ministeria Quaedam)…

  18. jlmorrell says:

    Surely, Fr. Z has discussed the issue of minor orders in the Ecclesia Dei communities and SSPX. It seems to me that Holy Church would not allow these communities to play pretend regarding the minor orders that were apparently suppressed by Paul VI.

    I think there is an argument to make that indeed these communities adhering to the Traditional Roman Rite have the minor orders – in fact, the rite of ordination to the priesthood according to the 1962 MR assumes the existence of the minor orders. And, didn’t some make the point that the reason Universae Ecclesiae forbids ordination according to the 1962 MR for those outside the Ecclesia Dei communities is because the Novus Ordo seminarians do not receive minor orders (implicitly affirming that traditional seminarians do).

    I’m certainly not an expert on this. Seems this could be a good area for clarification in the future.

    Fr. Z,
    What is your current opinion on this? I’ve been following your blog for years now but cannot recall.

    John M.

  19. amsjj1002 says:

    Bishop Sample was at Gricigliano for all of Ordination Week, from the First Years’ reception of the cassock to the buffet — may more bishops follow his example!

    The ICRSS Summer 2012 newsletter states that:
    + five men were ordained to the holy priesthood
    + five ordained as deacons
    + ten received the subdiaconate (5 are American)
    + forty seminarians received the clerical tonsure and the various Minor Orders of porter, lector, exorcist, and acolyte (16 are American)

    The main page for the many, many beautiful photos is at:

  20. (X)MCCLXIII says:



    “As regards tonsure, minor orders and the subdiaconate, the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum does not introduce any change in the discipline of the Code of Canon Law of 1983; consequently, in Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life which are under the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, one who has made solemn profession or who has been definitively incorporated into a clerical institute of apostolic life, becomes incardinated as a cleric in the institute or society upon ordination to the diaconate, in accordance with canon 266 § 2 of the Code of Canon Law.”

    “Only in Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life which are under the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, and in those which use the liturgical books of the forma extraordinaria, is the use of the Pontificale Romanum of 1962 for the conferral of minor and major orders permitted.”

  21. br.david says:


    Fr. Z — where can one purchase albs of that caliber??? the lace!!!

  22. St. Rafael says:

    Bishop Sample belongs in a major city and an archdiocese that comes with a red hat.

  23. Nathan says:

    How about a really obscure liturgical question. Why does the bishop ordain in the gold miter rather than the precious miter?

    In Christ,

  24. irishgirl says:

    Wow-these are great pictures!
    Brick by brick, indeed!
    ‘Mucho kudos’ to Bishop Sample!
    Man, I wish we had the FSSP and/or the ICKSP here in Upstate NY!

  25. BLB Oregon says:

    As with a wedding, it is the piety that makes for the beauty, far more than the lace. If the lace were overlaid on a less noble liturgy, after all, it would only underscore the unworthiness of using it. The vestments are fitting, but were they more simple, the beauty of this event would not have been diminished. As it is, the event is spectacularly meaningful, so the delicate laces and embroideries underscore the beauty, more than provide it.

  26. albinus1 says:

    The ICK priests wear black cassocks during most of the year. At least in Arizona, they wear white during the summer months. The blue choir dress is reserved for feast days and special events, such as ordinations.

    I’ve seen priests of the Institute wear a biretta with a blue pom-pom even when they are wearing black cassocks.

  27. Nathan, I don’t know that a bishop wears the golden mitre specifically for ordinations. Both a precious miter and a (plain) golden miter are prescribed for pontifical Masses. The bishop processes in the precious miter, then uses the golden miter (it being lighter) when sitting until the offertory, and the precious miter thereafter. Th ordination occurs before the offertory, so we see Bishop Sample wearing the golden miter during the sermon and the subsequent ordination rite. But next we see him with the precious miter (also golden, but decorated here) while preparing for the Offertory.

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