Ordination

Last Saturday I was privileged be in the Cathedral for the Ordination of Deacons. It was an occasion that was formal but intimate, grand and personal, exciting and, for me, humbling. One of the people being ordained was Allison Twigg who is spending her curacy at St Peter’s. As her Incumbent I helped her on with her stole (the coloured scarf we wear). Just as I got up from my seat Michelle Cotton leant over to me and whispered ‘Left shoulder’. And I remembered how four years ago I’d been at Michelle’s ordination and there was a kerfuffle (is that how you spell it?) over which shoulder it went over. Deacons, who are ordained but not yet priested, that’ll happen for Allison next June, wear the stole diagonally.
It was humbling to hear again the words the Archbishop of York spoke at my deaconing about service,  words about service and self giving.

Deacons are ordained so that the people of God may be better equipped to make Christ known. Theirs is a life of visible self-giving. Christ is the pattern of their calling and their commission; as he washed the feet of his disciples, so they must wash the feet of others.

And

Deacons are called to work with the Bishop and the priests with whom they serve as heralds of Christ’s kingdom. They are to proclaim the gospel in word and deed, as agents of God’s purposes of love. They are to serve the community in which they are set, bringing to the Church the needs and hopes of all the people. They are to work with their fellow members in searching out the poor and weak, the sick and lonely and those who are oppressed and powerless, reaching into the forgotten corners of the world, that the love of God may be made visible.

Deacons share in the pastoral ministry of the Church and in leading God’s people in worship. They preach the word and bring the needs of the world before the Church in intercession. They accompany those searching for faith and bring them to baptism. They assist in administering the sacraments; they distribute communion and minister to the sick and housebound.

Deacons are to seek nourishment from the Scriptures; they are to study them with God’s people, that the whole Church may be equipped to live out the gospel in the world. They are to be faithful in prayer, expectant and watchful for the signs of God’s presence, as he reveals his kingdom among us.

To be a Deacon is a very high calling. As Allison starts her ministry we need to hold her, as well as her husband Matt and children Megan and Ted, in our prayers.

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