This past Saturday, September 15th, at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Broken Arrow, the Rev. Spencer Wade Brown and the Rev. Justin Andrew Boyd were ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests by Bishop Edward J. Konieczny. The congregation was overflowing with those present to help celebrate this important milestone in their ministry journeys.
As the joyful choir led the procession, echoes of the angelic voices rang throughout the worship space. Members of Justin and Spencer’s communities formally presented them to Bishop Ed for ordination, after which they both formally stated their readiness for ordination. The two ordinands then both signed their official Declarations, stating their belief in the Holy Scriptures and their adherence to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of The Episcopal Church. The service continued with the Litany for Ordinations, in which the congregation joined Bishop Ed in praying for Justin and Spencer and their call to ordained life, the mission of the Church, and the world.
After Scripture reading were offered by several members of the congregation, the Rev. Emily Schnabl offered a powerful sermon about what it means to truly “act like a priest.” She talked about what it means to follow this call to the Priesthood and serve in this role with your full heart. Validating the two ordinands calls to ordained life, she then offered them some advice on how to fully live into their unique vocations.
The service continued with the formal Examination and Consecration of both Justin and Spencer. After leading the congregation in prayers to the Holy Spirit, Bishop Ed laid his hands upon the heads of the two ordinands, ushering them into the Sacred Order of Priests. As he did, priests from around the diocese joined in the powerful moment by surrounding Spencer and Justin and placing their hands on them as well. After being presented with vestments from loved ones and a Bible from Bishop Ed, the two new priests stood and received a thunderous round of celebratory applause as they were introduced as the newest priests in The Episcopal Church. Following the exchange of the Peace, the service continued with Holy Communion, in which both new priests served alongside Bishop Ed.
After the service, the hospitality team of St. Patrick's, Broken Arrow graciously provided a wonderfully joyful reception for all to enjoy. The congregation joined with the new priests and their families in this celebratory event.
The Rev. Spencer Wade Brown will be serving as a Curate at St. Patrick's, Broken Arrow. The Rev. Justin Andrew Boyd will be serving as an Assisting Chaplain at Holland Hall.
Keep an eye out for more photos coming soon!
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