Thursday, June 30, 2016

Solemnity of Saint Peter and Saint Paul - 29 July 2016

Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,

Here I am , right in the middle , after my ordination to the Priesthood in the Anglican Catholic Church on the 28th of June 2009. We observed the feast of St.Peter and St Paul on that day and how appropriate was this for an ordination in the Apostolic Tradition. I celebrated my first Mass the next day on the actual feast day itself.

Today we are honouring two outstanding Apostles of Jesus Christ, one being Saint Peter , who Jesus called the rock on which He built his Church and Saint Paul , who after his conversion became a top Evangelist and numerous times during the year of the Church we read Epistles , actually written by him.

In order to become a Priest you must love Jesus with all your heart and mind and you are willing to His work here on earth. Like Saint Peter  said: You know Lord that I love you, and I say the same.Then you must bring good news to the poor,  bind up hearts that broken, comfort those who mourn  and proclaim liberty to the captives  - also a role Saint Paul fulfilled.

I therefore give thanks to God for calling me to the Priesthood at this later stage in my life and ask Him for strength and His Holy Spirit to continue to His Work to the best I can. It was a happy anniversary yesterday , I can tell you that.
I will leave you with this beautiful hymn, which was our recessional on that Sunday of my ordination. God bless you.
"Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow"
 by Bernhardt S. Ingemann, 1789-1862
 Translated by Sabine BaringGould, 1834-1924
1. Through the night of doubt and sorrow
 Onward goes the pilgrim band,
 Singing songs of expectation,
 Marching to the Promised Land.
 Clear before us, through the darkness,
 Gleams and burns the guiding light.
 Brother clasps the hand of brother,
 Stepping fearless through the night.
2. One the light of God's own presence,
 O'er His ransomed people shed,
 Chasing far the gloom and terror,
 Brightening all the path we tread;
 One the object of our journey,
 One the faith which never tires.
 One the earnest looking forward,
 One the hope our God inspires.
3. One the strain the lips of thousands
 Lift as from the heart of one;
 One the conflict, one the peril,
 One their march in God begun;
 One the gladness of rejoicing
 On the far eternal shore,
 Where the one almighty Father
 Reigns in love forevermore.
4. Onward, therefore, pilgrim brothers!
 Onward, with the cross our aid!
 Bear its shame and fight its battle
 Till we rest beneath its shade.
 Soon shall come the great awaking,
 Soon the rending of the tomb,
 Then the scattering of all shadows,
 And the end of toil and gloom.

Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne
Launceston on Tasmania


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