On Saturday, May 19th, at St. Augustine Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City, the Rev. Canon Dr. Anthony Moon was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests by Bishop Edward J. Konieczny. The congregation was full of those ready to celebrate this joyful day!
The service began with an energetic procession down the aisle, which included clergy from across the diocese joining in the beautiful service. Following, members of Tony’s community joined him in front of the Bishop, to formally present him for ordination. Tony declared that he was ready to be ordained and signed the official Declaration. The congregation then followed by joining together in prayer for Tony, the Church, and the world.
After the scripture readings, the Rev. Joseph Alsay, Rector of St. Augustine Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City, delivered an energizing, rich, and personal sermon discussing Tony’s life, ministry, and service. He reflected on how each step of Tony’s journey had led him to this moment, where he would begin a new chapter in his ministry. He celebrated Tony’s dedication to service and ministry, and offered prayers and blessings as he moves forward in this journey.
The service continued with the Examination and the Consecration. As Bishop Ed laid his hands upon Tony’s head to usher him into the Sacred Order of Priests, all other priests joined in extending their hands over Tony in this powerful moment.
Tony was then vested by his loved ones and formally introduced to the congregation as the newest priest in The Episcopal Church. The congregation erupted in joyous and celebratory applause and congratulations! The service continued with Communion, with clergy from across the diocese serving. Worship continued with rich and celebratory songs, and concluded with a joyful piece played on the bagpipes. After the service, there was a beautiful luncheon provided for all.
Fr. Tony has been a longstanding Deacon in the Diocese and member of the Diocesan Staff, and was formed for the priesthood at our Oklahoma IONA School of Formation. He will continue to serve as Diocesan Canon Advisor, and will also serve as part-time Assisting Priest at St. Augustine Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City.
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