Wednesday: Remembering your Ordination

Symbol: The bible you were presented with at your ordination: Hold this as though this meditation:

The Collect

Almighty God,
who built your Church upon the foundation
      of the apostles and prophets,      
with Jesus Christ himself as the chief cornerstone:
so join us together in unity of spirit by their doctrine,
that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,   
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Remember Christ’s call, and the responses at ordination:
Priests are called to be servants and shepherds.
Here am I.
With their Bishop and fellow ministers,
they are to proclaim the word of the Lord.
Here am I.
They are to be messengers.
Here am I.
They are to be watchmen.
Here am I.
They are to be stewards of the Lord.
Here am I. Send me.

John 4.10-15

Jesus answered the woman, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink”, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?’ Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’ The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.’

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Spend some time in silence remembering your ordination and God’s commitment to you and yours to God. Respond personally as appropriate. 

Concluding Prayer:

Lord God, heavenly Father,
grant to your Church today
the faith of her apostles,
the hope of her martyrs
and the love of her Lord,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.