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The Vows That Deacons Make

Tomorrow, my fellow ordinands (and VTS classmates) and I will spend the day with the Bishop who, God Willing and the people consenting, will lay hands on us June 2nd to make us deacons in the Church. The Bishop wants us to consider carefully and understand fully the vows we will take and the promises we will make. More tomorrow.

The Examination

All are seated except the ordinand(s), who stand before the Bishop.
The Bishop addresses the ordinand(s) as follows

My brother, every Christian is called to follow Jesus Christ, serving God the Father, through the power of the Holy Spirit. God now calls you to a special ministry of servanthood directly under your bishop.  In the name of Jesus Christ, you are to serve all people, particularly the poor, the weak, the sick, and the lonely.

As a deacon in the Church, you are to study the Holy Scriptures, to seek nourishment from them, and to model your life upon them.  You are to make Christ and his redemptive love known, by your word and example, to those among whom you live, and work, and worship.  You are to interpret to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world.  You are to assist the bishop and priests in public worship and in the ministration of God's Word and Sacraments, and you are to carry out other duties assigned to you from time to time.  At all times, your life and teaching are to show Christ's people that in serving the helpless they are serving Christ himself.

My brother, do you believe that you are truly called by God and his Church to the life and work of a deacon?

Answer      I believe I am so called.

Bishop       Do you now in the presence of the Church commit yourself to this trust and responsibility?
Answer      I do.

Bishop       Will you be guided by the pastoral direction and leadership of your bishop?
Answer      I will.

Bishop       Will you be faithful in prayer, and in the reading and study of the Holy Scriptures?
Answer      I will.

Bishop       Will you look for Christ in all others, being ready to help and serve those in need?
Answer      I will.

Bishop       Will you do your best to pattern your life [and that of your family, or household, or community] in accordance
               with the teachings of Christ, so that you may be a wholesome example to all people?
Answer      I will.

Bishop       Will you in all things seek not your glory but the glory of the Lord Christ?
Answer      I will.

Bishop       May the Lord by his grace uphold you in the service he lays upon you.
Answer      Amen.

From An Outline of the Faith commonly called the Catechism

Q.     What is the ministry of a deacon?
A.     The ministry of a deacon is to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as a servant of those in need; and to
        assist bishops and priests in the proclamation of the Gospel and the administration of the sacraments.