Bishop Richard Ordains a Hasting Man as a Deacon
On the Feast of St Bridget of Sweden, Saturday 23rd July, in the church of St Mary, Star of the Sea, Bishop Richard Moth ordained Duncan Brown into the Sacred Order of the Diaconate.
In the presence of his wife Kathy and children William and Eliza, his many other family members, friends and fellow deacons, Duncan was ordained a Deacon. The Mass was truly a family affair as his wife Kathy was lead cantor for the Mass and his two children served the Mass with others.
The church was packed with a joyful congregation from Deacon Duncan's own parish of St Mary, Star of the Sea as well as other parishes in the Deanery. There was also a strong ecumenical presence with clergy from the local Anglican and Greek and Russian Orthodox communities. All these voices joyously sang Charles Wesley’s hymn ‘O Thou who camest from above’ at the entrance and in the recessional hymn almost raised the roof with their rendering of George Timms’s ‘Sing we of the Blessed Mother’. The choir and organist excelled themselves in leading the congregation in the singing of the Missa de Angelis as well as a beautiful Communion Antiphon based on Matthew 20:28 'The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many'.
During his homily Bishop Richard reminded the Deacon to be and the congregation that the deacon was to be a minister of God's Word, of the Altar and of Charity, called to live out all three in his life and ministry.
The celebrations continued after the Ordination in the church-hall with a very generous buffet. During the celebrations Bishop Richard was able to confirm to the assembled gathering that Deacon Duncan had been appointed by him to the local deanery for ministry in the parish of St Mary, Star of the Sea. This was received with loud applause.
Picture shows Deacon Duncan Brown with his parish priest Fr Seamus Stapleton SCA and Bishop Richard Moth