On February 2nd, Candlemas day, the normal custom within the seminaries of the Society of St. Pius X is the taking of the cassock for those seminarians enrolled in the year of spirituality and the reception of the clerical tonsure for those in the year of first philosophy.
The clerical cassock is received as a layman before entering the clerical state, which occurs at the reception of the tonsure. While the seminarian is present at the seminary, he is required to wear the cassock. Once a cleric, he is required to wear the cassock all the time, because it identifies him as a cleric.
The seminary has reproduced Archbishop Lefebvre's reflection on wearing the cassock for your deeper appreciation of the step which these men are making in their formation.
Bishop Fellay will celebrate a Pontifical Solemn High Mass at 9:00 AM in which he will bless the cassocks to be received by ten seminarians in the year of spirituality and perform the tonsure of eight seminarians in the year of first philosophy.
Please see the bulletin for further details, and remember to pray for our seminarians making this important step in their priestly formation, especially by participating in this special novena to Our Lady.
O Lord, grant us priests!
O Lord, grant us holy priests!
O Lord, grant us many holy priests!
O Lord, grant us many holy religious vocations!
O Lord, grant us many holy Catholic families!
V. St. Pius X
R. Pray for us.