Monday, December 17, 2007

Priesthood (almost)


Tomorrow I will be ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church. This official process has taken 7 years, but I first started feeling a sense of call to this vocation nearly 30 years ago when I was about 8 years old ~I will say more about that in a later post. There is much I can say about the process, and I hope to do so, but at this point my mind turns to prayer, that I might be given the strength, wisdom and patience to live out this calling.


A prayer I love from the ordination service sends me into some reflection this evening:


O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look
favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred
mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry
out in tranquillity the plan of salvation; let the whole world
see and know that things which were cast down are being
raised up, and things which had grown old are being made
new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection
by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus
Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity
of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.


As I have moved through the last week towards ordination I have re-read Archbishop Michael Ramsey's book, The Christian Priest Today, which is an excellent book, and offers much food for thought.

Also, I re-watched one of my favorite movies, The Mission, starring Robert DeNiro and Jeremy Irons (and Daniel Berrigan!)...watch a clip below for a taste of it, and then rent it!

Thank you for your prayers, your presence tomorrow, and for all those who have supported me along the way!

Peace and Blessings,

Peter

The Mission (excerpt)

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