The Ordination of a Deacon at Holy Trinity- Chatham Church in Chatham County North Carolina

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Photograph 1: The processional, a deacon holds the thurible, another the Gospel Book, and the candidate to be ordained come in to the nave.

Photograph 2: The deacon signs the declaration as the presiding bishop looks on.

Photograph 3: The bishop prays for the diaconal candidate at the end of the presentation.

Photograph 4: The ministry of the Word, the diaconal candidate’s father reads the lesson and leads a reading of the Psalm.

Photograph 5: A visiting deacon reads the Gospel in the midst of the congregation.

Photograph 6: A priest delivers the sermon, its theme tied to diaconal service.

Photograph 7: The consecration of the deacon.  The bishop prays silently for the deacon as the congregation sings the hymn, “Veni Sancte Spiritus.”

Photograph 8: The bishop conveys the gift of the Holy Spirit to the deacon, preparing the deacon for his ministry.

Photograph 9: The bishop gives the gift of a Holy Bible to the newly ordained deacon, a tool of ministry.

Photograph 10: The newly ordained deacon’s wife presents him with a stole, to be worn over his left shoulder.

Photograph 11: The deacon’s parish priest congratulates him as other priests look on.

Photograph 12: The deacon prepares the table for the Eucharist.

Photograph 13: The deacon assists the bishop in offering the bread and wine during the Eucharist.

Photograph 14:  The newly ordained deacon after the ordination service.

Photograph 15:  The deacon standing for photographs with his father.

Photograph 15:  The deacon standing for photographs with his wife and friends.

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