On Saturday afternoon 27th June, members of St Chrysostom’s went to Manchester Cathedral for a very special occassion as our curate, Tracy Charnock was ordained priest, along with nine others, in a lovely service, full of prayer, song and rejoicing.
The Mass began with the hymn ‘Christ is the King, O friends rejoice!’ In the service, those to be ordained were reminded that their ministry is rooted in service and in God’s strength alone. Bishop Mark, was the ordaining bishop and he and the other bishops and many priests present in the cathedral laid their hands on the candidates heads as we all prayed for the candidate and their ministry.
After the ordination prayer, Bishop Nigel announced with relish that the Church of God now has new priests and the packed cathedral applauded loudly and enthusiastically!
Afterwards, the newly ordained priests, their families, friends and supporters gathered outside the cathedral for photographs.
Then, on Sunday 28th June, the Feast of St Peter and St Paul, Tracy celebrated her first Mass here at St Chrysostom’s. It was a wonderful and joyful celebration with many, many people coming to encourage and support her. In his sermon Father Ian spoke of God’s loving call to each one of us, as ordinary Christian women and men, from St Peter and St Paul to Tracy and you and I.
After the service, Tracy was presented with cards from the children of Kharis (Sunday School) and a gift from the church and we shared wine and cake. Then we were invited back to Tracy’s house to continue the celebration with plenty more food and drink!
It was a really lovely weekend to celebrate and to support and pray for Tracy in her life and ministry here amongst us in this parish and in her future ministry.
A note of thanks from Tracy: