Feast of St Lawrence

Covid-19 preventing Deacons from gathering for the annual renewal of vows, Mass and dinner with the Bishop.

Here is my annual promise I make from home this year.

Renewal of Diaconal Ordination Promises

(addressing the assembly)

My brothers and sisters in Christ,
we are gathered here to pray for those
who serve as deacons in Christ’s name.

Many holy men have gone before these men in this ministry:
Saints Lawrence, Stephen, Ephraim, Philip, Francis of Assisi, and many others.

Let us join with them as we bring our prayers before the throne of God,

(addressing the Deacons)

Beloved sons, we chose you for the Order of the Diaconate. Continue to embrace the ministry to which you have been called. As deacons, and ministers of Jesus Christ, who came among his disciples as one who served, and not to be served, do the will of God from the heart: serve the people in love and joy as you would the Lord. Since no one can serve two masters, look upon all defilement and avarice as serving false gods.

Are you resolved to renew,
in the presence of God’s holy people,
the promises you once made?

Deacons: I am.

Are you resolved to discharge the office of deacon with humble charity in order to assist the Priestly Order
and to benefit the Christian people?

Deacons: I am.

Are you resolved to hold fast to the mystery of faith with a clear conscience, as the Apostle urges,
and to proclaim this faith in word and deed according to the Gospel and the Church’s tradition?

Deacons: I am.

Are you resolved to maintain and deepen the spirit of prayer that is proper to your way of life and,
in keeping with this spirit and what is required of you, to celebrate faithfully the Liturgy of the Hours
with and for the People of God and indeed for the whole world?

Deacons: I am.

Are you resolved to conform your way of life always to the example of Christ, of whose Body and Blood you are ministers at the altar?

Deacons: I am.

Lord, look kindly on your servants:
we send them as messengers of salvation and peace, marked with the sign of the cross.

Guide their steps with your mighty arm and with the power of your grace
strengthen them in spirit, so that they will not falter through weariness.

Make their words the echo of Christ’s voice, so that those who hear them may be drawn to obey the Gospel.

Fill the hearts of your deacons with the Holy Spirit, so that, becoming all things to all people, they may lead many to you, the Father of all, to sing your praises in your holy Church.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.
All: Amen

Say a prayer for me, please. May Christ dwell within.


Deacon Gerry

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