Candlemass - Taking of the cassock and tonsure

February 02, 2015
St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, Winona, MN

On this day, the Feast of Candlemas, St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary will witness the taking of the cassock by those seminarians in the spirituality year of their formation and the tonsure of the those seminarians in their first year study of Philosophy.

On this day, in a Mass which begins at 9:00 AM, His Excellency Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, will bless the cassocks of those seminarians who will receive the cassock for the first time and will administer the tonsure on those seminarians to be made clerics. Bishop Fellay will also celebrate the Solemn Pontifical High Mass.

The following is an excerpt by Archbishop Lefebvre from Priestly Holiness on the clerical cassock:


Do not abandon what makes you a priest. Obviously you are not priests yet - you are taking a first step which expresses your desire to become one; but I hope with all my heart that you will reach the priesthood. The world will already judge you as a priest. Since you wear the cassock, the world is going to judge you from now on as though you were priests. So you have to strive to act as though you already were. By your example, by your bearing, by your attitude, by your charity, by your wisdom, already be of one those who bring solutions all around them. In that way the honor of God will be defended, the glory of God will be spread throughout the world and souls will be converted to our Lord Jesus Christ.

So be proud to wear your cassock, your habit, which manifests our Lord Jesus Christ to the world, and do not be afraid of anything:  the good God, the holy angels, all of the saints in heaven are with you, as well as all those who have worn this habit, who have been sanctified by it and have sanctified others (pp. 82-83).

Photos from the event will be added shortly after February 2nd.