Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,
Here follows the Holy Gospel for this Ember Wednesday :
St. Luke iv. 16.
JESUS came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
A wonderful portion of the Holy Scriptures. I am the webmaster for our Diocese of the Anglican Catholic Church in Australia and New Zealand
and this morning I am just looking at some pictures that one of our recently ordained Deacons sent me of our Synod and the ordinations that took place at the end of May 2015 and also the confirmation that took place. The pictures showed our Bishop Denis reading out the various ordination requirements, which the Ordinations have to promise to keep , right in the sight of God. The Priest is also annointed in the Ordination process and does promise to heal the brokenhearted, to set liberty to them that bruised and preach the acceptable year of the Lord .
So on this Emberwednesday I give thanks to God that He has called me to do this work, but also to spend some time in front of the Blessed Sacrament , meditating on my calling as just a humble servant and praying that I may be faithful to my calling. Like everyone else I sometimes fall by the wayside and I need God's Grace to lift me up again.
I will put some of the ordination pictures on our Diocesan website in the next few days and will pray for my brothers in Christ as well , that God will continue to bless them in their calling.
I have come to serve!
Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne