In a wonderful ordination service at Manchester Cathedral on Saturday 18th June at 2.30pm Fr Chris was ordained priest.
The Ordination Mass began with a procession of choir and priests joyfully singing ‘Light’s abode, celestial Salem.’ Bishop Mark led the ordination part of the service and assisted by many priests laid hands upon the deacons who were being made priest. A special moment was when we were all encouraged to ‘Pray earnestly for the gift of the Holy Spirit’ and there was silence as we prayed together, and then the bishop, alone, began the traditional hymn ‘Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire.’
In the middle of the Mass, after the ordination itself, the Bishop of Manchester came forwardand exclaimed joyfully ‘The Church has eight new priests” and we all clapped.
It was a proud moment for Chris, who has had a long and eventful journey to priesthood, and it was a proud moment for his friends at St Chrysostom’s, and other friends who were there as his supporters.
We pray for Fr Chris as he begins his ministry of priestly service among us at St Chrysostom’s:
May the Holy Spirit, the comforter,
equip you and strengthen you in your ministry