07 March 2009

Ember Saturday in Lent

Today is the Saturday of the Lenten Ember days. Four times each year we set aside three days (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday) to focus our attention on our ordained ministry and those studying for ordination.

Ember Days are also the time requited by the canons for postulants to write to their diocesan.

The church as a whole sets aside these days to pray for the candidates. In the "olden days" ordinations only took place during Ember Tides.
Almighty God, the giver of all good gifts, who of thy divine providence hast appointed various orders in thy Church: Give thy grace, we humbly beseech thee, to all who are [now] called to any office and ministry for thy people; and so fill them with the truth of thy doctrine and clothe them with holiness of life, that they may faithfully serve before thee, to the glory of thy great Name and for the benefit of thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
For more about the Ember Days, see this article.

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Congratulations to Mark Harris of Preludium, and the Exec Council on the 41st anniversary of his ordination. He posts on his feelings here.