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Preparing for ordination: Petertide 2016

23 June 2016

The Bishop of Lincoln is set to ordain 11 deacons and 12 priests this weekend in Lincoln Cathedral (Saturday, 25th and Sunday, 26th June).

Those to be ordained to the diaconate and the priesthood gathered together on Thursday morning so as to familiarise themselves with the ordination service, to receive the Bishop's Charge, make their oaths and enter into a time of silent retreat.


Please hold those to be ordained and all those involved with this weekend's ordination services in your prayers. As an aid to prayer, a downloadable Ember Card has been produced, detailing the names of those to be ordained and the parishes they will serve. This may be downloaded here:

2016 Ember Card.pdf, 244 KB PDF document

The service for the ordination of priests will take place at 10.30am on Saturday (25th June), with the service for the ordination of deacons to follow at 10.30am on Sunday (26th June). All are welcome to join the main congregation in the Cathedral on these special occasions in the life of our diocese.

Meanwhile, and on a national level, the Church of England is on course to ordain around 950 men and women this year. The Bishop of Sheffield, Steven Croft, Chair of the Church of England’s Ministry Council, said the ordination of the new priests and deacons was a joyous occasion and a sign of a hopeful future for the Church of England.

“The ordination of so many men and women is an occasion of joy, not only for these priests and deacons and their friends and families but for the communities they will serve and for the Church of England as a whole,” he said.

“I thank God that so many different men and women have answered God’s call to ordained ministry, for their witness to the good news of the gospel and for the life of service to all that they are embarking upon. They are a sign of a hopeful future for the Church of England.”