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Ordination & Ember Day

Through my baptism I bound myself to Christ Jesus, and today I bind myself to the Church of God as I am ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons.  Today is also an Ember Day, set apart by the Western Church for special prayer and fasting, and the ordination of clergy.  So I offer this prayer for my other friends who are being ordained today also:

Almighty God, the giver of all good gifts, who of thy divine providence hast appointed various orders in thy Church: Give thy grace, we humbly beseech thee, to all who are called to any office and ministry for thy people; and so fill them with the truth of thy doctrine and clothe them with holiness of life, that they may faithfully serve before thee, to the glory of thy great Name and for the benefit of thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.