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The Mass and Manner of
Making a Priest
The Procession
Attending Participants
 The Rites of Ordination of a Priest
The Opening Hymn                                                        

ARCHBISHOP:"Whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. To God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus.
People: From generation to generation forever, Amen. 

The Kyre
Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy, Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy
The Opening Collect
The Collect of the day
The Ministry of the Word
The Old Testament Reading:                           
The PSALM                                                              
The New Testament reading:                           
Gradual Hymn
The Holy Gospel:                                                         
The Gospel Introit
The Sermon:                      
Hymn of Dedication
Rite of Ordination
*The Presentation                                           

                                                                                   THE DECLARATION  
The ordinate  makes the following declaration…
In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit I N…. chosen to serve as priest in this Anglican Church Worldwide  solemnly declare that I do believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the Word of God, that contains all things necessary for salvation. I do solemnly promise to confirm to the doctrine of the Church of God and I do pledge myself to render obedience to the House of Bishops and their successors. So help me God

 BISHOP: All stand.
The Bishop asks the response of the people

BISHOP: Brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, you have heard testimony that N…. has been duly called to the office of priest in the Church of God to serve where he may be sent by his Bishop. You have been assured of his suitability, the approval of the church for this sacred responsibility. Nevertheless, if any of you know any reason why we should not proceed, let it now be made known.

 BISHOP: If no objection is made, the Bishop continues,

The Charge
: Is it your will that we ordain N….  a priest?
People : We do.
BISHOP: Will you uphold N….. as a priest?
People: We will.

 THE QUESTIONS  (The Bishop & others Appointed)

 BISHOP: My brother N….  a priest is called to lead, in serving and caring for the people of God, and to work with them in the overseeing of the church given to his charge, promoting its mission, proclaiming, Christ death and resurrection and working for justice and truth in the World

As Pastor you will share a special responsibility to maintain and further the unity of the Church, to uphold its discipline, and to guard its faith. It will be your duty to watch over and pray for all those committed to your care, to teach, to interpret the gospel of Christ; to know your people and be known by them; to celebrate and to provide for the administration of the Sacraments of the New Covenant, and to be in all things a faithful pastor and wholesome example for the entire flock of Christ. 

In order that we may know your mind and purpose, and that you may be strengthened in your resolve to fulfill your ministry, you must answer the questions we now put to you.

BISHOP: Do you believe that God has called you to the office of a priest?
ANSWER: I believe that God has called me.
BISHOP: Will you accept this call and fulfill this trust in obedience to his Holy Church
ANSWER: I will obey Christ, and will serve in His name.

BISHOP: Will you uniquely reveal '" God’s word containing all things necessary for eternal salvation faith in Jesus Christ?
ANSWER: I do so accept them.BISHOP: Will you teach and proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom of God declaring its meaning to the world?

ANSWER: By the help of God, I will.
BISHOP: Will you devote yourself to prayer, to reading the Holy Scriptures and to such studies as may deepen your faith and increase your reverence and service of God.
ANSWER: By the help of God, I will.
BISHOP: Do you believe the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ as taught in the Holy Scriptures?
BISHOP: Will you accept the discipline of this Church and faithfully exercise authority within it?
ANSWER: By the help of God, I will.
BISHOP: Will you be faithful and constantly guide, support and encourage all in your charge in the ministry of the Church?
ANSWER: By the help of God, I will.
BISHOP: Will you fashion your own life and that of your family and household according to the way of Christ, so that you may be a wholesome example to all people?
ANSWER: By the help of God, I will.
BISHOP: Will you promote unity, peace, justice and love among all people, and especially among those whom you serve?
ANSWER: By the help of God, I will.
BISHOP: Will you for Christ's sake be merciful to all persons, especially the needy and the outcast, and defend those who have no helper?
ANSWER: By the help of God, I will.

BISHOP: Almighty God, who gives you the will to do all these things, grant you grace and power to perform them, that He may complete the good work He has begun in you, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Litany of Ordination (revised to candidate specifications and liturgical season) 

BISHOP prays:
Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, mercifully accept the prayers of your people, and strengthen us to do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 ARCHBISHOP: I now commend our brother N…. to your prayers while we keep silence.
The Veni Creator and Prostration  
 The Ordination
The Archbishop stands with those who assist him; the Priest-Elect kneels before him; he stretches out his hands towards him and says, the people sit
It is a Bishop’s duty to pass judgment, to interpret, to consecrate, to ordain, to offer sacrifice to baptize and to confirm. 
Let us pray beloved brethren that the goodness of almighty God providing for the well-being of his church may bestow upon this Priest-Elect the abundance of His grace through Christ our Lord, Amen.  
Send down your Holy Spirit upon your servant N…., whom we ordain in name to the Christ to be priest of the Church.

Almighty Father, fill this your servant with the grace and power which you gave to apostles; that he may lead those committed to his charge in proclaiming the gospel of salvation. Through him increase your Church, renew its ministry, and unite in him in a holy fellowship of truth and love. Enable him as a true shepherd to feed your flock; make him wise as a teacher, and steadfast as a guardian of the faithful sacraments. Guide and direct him in presiding at the worship of your people. Give him humility that he may use his authority to heal, not to hurt; to build up, not to destroy. Deliver him from all evil, that he will be an ambassador for Christ, he may stand before you blameless, and finally, with all your servants, enter your eternal joy; 

Accept our prayers, most merciful Father, through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit, belong glory and honor, worship and praise, now and forever.
The Bishop addresses the new priest  
N…. receive authority for the office of priest in the Church of God, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Remember to stir up the grace of God which is within you, for God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

The New priest is  vested


BISHOP: May Christ the great High Priest by his Holy anointing pour on you the fullness of spiritual blessing.
People:  Amen.
The Bishop presents the new Priest to the people, saying,
I present N….  priest in the Church of God.
The Offertory
The Offertory Hymn                                  
The Great Thanksgiving
The Communion Hymn
The Post Communion Prayer
The Dismissal
The Recessional Hymn
The Benediction
L: Go in peace this mass is ended
P: Thanks be to God



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