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Welcoming the new priests

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: July 13, 2011

St Oswald's Church ordination

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THE Derby Diocese has nine new priests and 14 new deacons following ordination services last weekend.

Two of the new priests will work locally, as will one of the deacons.

The Rev Bryony Wood, will continue her work as Curate within the Ashbourne group of churches, while the Rev Philip Michell has a similar role at Brailsford with Shirley and Osmaston with Edlaston and Yeaveley.

Deacon Andrew Walker is assigned to Alkmonton, Cubley and Marston Montgomery, and Doveridge, Scropton, Sudbury and Somersal Herbert.

On Saturday five of the new priests were ordained at St Oswald’s parish church, Ashbourne, by the Bishop of Repton, the Rt Rev Humphrey Southern, while at the same time four other priests were ordained by the Bishop of Derby, the Rt Rev Alistair Redfern during a service at St John the Baptist, Buxton.

On Sunday the 14 deacons were ordained by the Bishop of Derby at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Derby.

About 350 people attended the service at St Oswald’s and were welcomed by the Vicar, the Rev Canon Geraldine Pond, who was also sub deacon. Canon Pond is also the Diocesan Director of Ordinands.

After greeting the people, the Bishop introduced the service explaining that God calls his people to follow Christ, and forms us into a royal priesthood.

“To serve this royal priesthood God has given particular ministries.

Priests are ordained to lead God’s people in the offering of praise and the proclamation of the gospel.

They share with the Bishop in the oversight of the Church, delighting in its beauty and rejoicing in its wellbeing.” A reading from Corinthians was given by Nancy Bell, while the deacon, Canon Elaine Jones, Canon Pastor of Derby Cathedral read the Gospel.

Each of the candidates was presented to the Bishop by the Archdeacon of Derby, The Venerable Dr Christopher Cunliffe, and as they knelt before him in turn to be ordained the Bishop and supporting priests laid hands on their head.

The Bishop then anointed each of the newly ordained priests with the Oil of Chrism, and afterwards they were welcomed by the Archdeacon.

The Archdeacon also preached the sermon while the choir of St Oswald’s, under their musical director Michael Halls, sang the anthem “I give you a new commandment,” with words from John chapter 13, to the music of Peter Aston.

During the service Holy Communion was shared, distributed at four stations in the church.

At the sending out the newly ordained gathered around the Bishop at the altar and received their Letters of Orders from The Archdeacon, and a Bible from the Bishop.

At the end of the service the new priests were lead through the nave by the Bishop to the applause of the congregation and afterwards the bells of the church were rung.

In addition to the Rev Bryony Wood and the Rev Philip Michell, also ordained at St Oswald’s were: Paul Hygate to Aston-on-Trent, Elvaston, Weston-on-Trent and Shardlow, and Barrow upon Trent with Twyford and Swarkestone; Maria Przeslawski to Wilne and Draycott with Breaston; and Caroline Rhodes to Allestree, St Edmund and Darley Abbey.

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