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Decently Writ

January 1, 2011

FOR THOSE THAT ARE TO BE ADMITTED INTO HOLY ORDERS
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who hast purchased to thyself an universal Church by the precious blood of thy dear Son; Mercifully look upon the same, and at this time so guide and govern the minds of thy servants the bishops and pastors of thy flock, that they may lay hands suddenly on no one, but faithfully and wisely make choice of fit persons to serve in the sacred ministry of thy Church. And to those which shall be ordained to any holy function give thy grace and heavenly benediction; that both by their life and doctrine they may set forth thy glory, and set forward the salvation of all people; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

ON THE DAY ON WHICH DEACONS OR PRIESTS ARE ORDERED
Almighty God, the giver of all good gifts, who of thy divine providence hast appointed divers orders in thy Church; Give thy grace, we humbly beseech thee, to all those who are this day called to any office and administration in the same; and so replenish them with the truth of thy doctrine, and endue them with innocency of life, that they may faithfully serve before thee, to the glory of thy great name, and the benefit of thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

from The Book of Common Prayer (2004), According to the Use of the Church of Ireland

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. dthompson permalink
    January 5, 2011 08:44

    This is wonderful! I’m torn between “so guide and govern the minds of thy servants the bishops and pastors of thy flock, that they may lay hands suddenly on no one” and “endue them with innocency of life” as to a favorite phrase.

  2. MAG permalink
    January 5, 2011 09:37

    I’m a fan of “that they may lay hands suddenly on no one.”

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