Congratulations to The Reverend Elizabeth Miller, Deacon and Soup Kitchen Coordinator, on the Fifteenth Anniversary (May 31st) of her Ordination
to the Sacred Order of Deacons
in Christ’s one, holy, catholic and apostolic church.
This is the Prayer of Consecration by the Bishop at the ordination of Deacons from the Book of Common Prayer (p. 355):
The Bishop then says this Prayer of Consecration
O God, most merciful Father, we praise you for sending your
Son Jesus Christ, who took on himself the form of a servant,
and humbled himself, becoming obedient even to death on
the cross. We praise you that you have highly exalted him,
and made him Lord of all; and that, through him, we know
that whoever would be great must be servant of all. We praise
you for the many ministries in your Church, and for calling
this your servant to the order of deacons.
Here the Bishop lays hands upon the head of the ordinand, and prays
Therefore, Father, through Jesus Christ your Son, give your
Holy Spirit to Elizabeth; fill her with grace and power, and make
her a deacon in your Church.
The Bishop continues
Make her, O Lord, modest and humble, strong and constant,
to observe the discipline of Christ. Let her life and teaching so
reflect your commandments, that through her many may
come to know you and love you. As your Son came not to be
served but to serve, may this deacon share in Christ’s service,
and come to the unending glory of him who, with you and
the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.
The People in a loud voice respond Amen.
The new deacon is now vested according to the order of deacons.
The Bishop then gives a Bible to the newly ordained, saying
Receive this Bible as the sign of your authority to proclaim
God’s Word and to assist in the ministration of his holy