Ampleforth Abbey

14 December 2017

On Wednesday 10 August 2016, the feast of St Laurence, Br Ambrose was ordained deacon in the Abbey Church by the Bishop of Salford, the Right Reverend John Arnold. In his homily, the Bishop spoke about the importance of service underlining the ministry not just of deacons, but of priests and bishops, too.

"Lord, look with favour on this servant of yours, whom we now dedicate to the office of deacon, to minister at your holy altar.

Lord, send forth upon him the Holy Spirit, that he may be strengthened by the gift of your sevenfold grace to carry out faithfully the work of the ministry. May he excel in every virtue: in love that is sincere, in concern for the sick and the poor, in unassuming authority, in self-discipline, and in holiness of life. May his conduct exemplify your commandments and lead your people to imitate his purity of life. May he remain strong and steadfast in Christ, giving to the world the witness of a pure conscience. May he in this life imitate your Son, who came, not to be served by to serve, and one day reign with him in heaven.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. R. Amen".

(From the Rite of Ordination)