This past Friday, December 7th, at All Souls'
Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City, the Rev. Graham Alan Marsh was ordained to
the Sacred Order of Priests by Bishop Edward J. Konieczny. This beautiful ordination
service followed the traditional liturgy of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.
The joyful choir led the procession and welcomed us into the
service, and as the congregation joined in, the sanctuary rang with beautiful
music. The Rev. Dr. Gordon Graham then delivered a rich, passionate sermon,
reminding us all of the true vocations of both priest and parishioner. He
expressed the importance of both the roles of shepherd and sheep in ministry,
reminding us that it is just as important to know how to follow, as to know how
to lead. He spoke of the sacred, reverent, and humbling actions about to be taken by Graham
in his offering of himself to God’s will. He also reminded us that we are all called
to follow God’s will, each with our own true vocations.
Upon conclusion of the sermon, members of Graham’s community
formally presented him to Bishop Ed for ordination. During the following sung Litany
for Ordinations, Graham displayed his complete reverence of and submission to
the Lord and His will by completely prostrating.
The Suffrages for Ordinations followed, with all joining in
prayer for Graham, the Church, the world, and all those in need. After the
Scripture readings, the Bishop led the formal Exhortation and Examination of
the Candidate. Graham then stated his own readiness for this next step in his
ministry. After Bishop Ed then led the congregation in prayers, he placed his hands
upon Graham’s head, ushering him into the Sacred Order of Priests. As he did,
priests from around the diocese joined in the powerful moment by surrounding Graham
and placing their hands on him as well. The new priest was then presented with
vestments from loved ones, and received a Bible and a Chalice from Bishop Ed. The
service continued with Communion, with Graham serving alongside Bishop Ed.
Upon the conclusion of the service, the All Souls’ ECW and
hospitality team offered a full and rich celebratory reception dinner for all.
It was a truly warm welcome to all those in attendance.
Fr. Marsh is serving as an assisting priest at All Souls’.
Keep an eye out for more photos coming soon!
924 N. Robinson I Oklahoma City, OK 73102