Church News | Monday, 3 July 2017 |
What an amazing day we had on Sunday, when our curate Julie Hardy was Priested along with three other candidates. It was a lovely day, and the sun was shining on the church of All Saints in Maldon which was packed with excited people all waiting to see Julie and three other candidates Priested. Bishop Stephen led the service in place of Bishop John who unfortunately was in hospital, however, he sent his love and prayers to those about to take their next step in their journey of faith and service to the church and its people.
We sang some beautiful hymns including ‘Be thou my vision’ and ‘Amazing Grace’ and we had a New Testament reading from Titus 1: 5-9. The Gospel reading came from Matthew 28: 16-20. The Sermon was given by The Ven. Elizabeth Snowden, Archdeacon of Chelmsford during which she spoke personally to the candidates and allowed us, the congregation, to ‘listen in’.
After the Creed, we witnessed the Declarations of the four Candidates, it was so beautiful. The next hymn was ‘Come Holy Ghost, our souls inspire’, followed by The Litany which was to be read by Revd Carolyn, but as she had a problem speaking it was beautifully read by one of the other incumbents.
Following the Priesting of the four candidates and them receiving a bible and being anointed. Bishop Stephen prepared the table for the Eucharist which was so meaningful on this special day. The service concluded with Bishop Stephen urging anyone who felt drawn to enter the priesthood to stop waiting and get moving. At the end of the service we all gathered outside in the shade of the trees to take photographs and congratulate the Curates who are now Priests. Congratulations to all those who were Priested on Sunday, especially our very own Julie.