Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Ember Days

"Today is an Ember Day, and on Ember Days, we pray, among other things, that God would raise up priests to serve at the altar."

Those were the words I heard on an Ember Day in 1997 when I was struggling with my priestly calling. Those Ember Days come around four times a year, and as a seminarian I was required on those days to write to my Bishop or see him in person to make a report of my academic, spiritual, and personal development.

On this Ember Day we pray for all Seminarians and others preparing to receive Holy Orders:

Almighty God, the giver of all good gifts, in your divine providence you have appointed various orders in your Church: Give your grace, we humbly pray, to all who are now called to any office and ministry for your people; and so fill them with the truth of your doctrine and clothe them with holiness of life, that they may faithfully serve before you, to the glory of your great Name and for the benefit of your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

In peace,

The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

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