Will it be a three year residential degree programme at an accredited seminary?
Will it be local night classes and individual mentorship?
The ordination of a priest, when it finally arrives after years of preparation and after further months or years of functioning as a deacon, is a very grand occasion, and deeply emotional for everyone, especially the candidate.
At its centre is a moment when you, the candidate, kneel in front of the bishop, who places his hands upon your head, and prays that you will receive the appropriate gifts of God’s Holy Spirit.
One of the most famous stories in the Bible tells of the “call” of the prophet Samuel.
The young boy, sleeping in a religious shrine, hears someone calling his name.
In this diocese, potential candidates for ordination must be active in an Anglican parish, and before they are even considered for ordination, they must be recommended by a group of that parish’s active leaders.All priests must exercise these gifts, so they are ordained Deacon as a transitional step on their way to becoming priests.Other people are simply called to be deacons throughout their whole lives, and that is the only ordination that they ever want or need.A chasuble is a vestment worn by priests rather than deacons, so it is a very suitable gift for a priestly ordination.However, there are three reasons why you might want to strike this item off your list: (1) It is much more costly than a stole.(2) Clergy in some parts of the church do not choose to use this type of vestment at all, so you have to know what you’re doing.(3) Churches where the ordinand will serve may well have a variety of chasubles for their priests to wear – often in designs matching the decor and hangings of that particular place of worship – so it is not particularly necessary for a new priest to have one of their own at the beginning of their ministry.Note the word “recommendation:” the fact is that the last word always lies with the bishop.If the bishop agrees to ordain you, he will also lay out what you will need by way of education and training.He or she will need a complete set of them (one for every colour of the church’s seasons: green, purple, white, and red; blue is also used in some regions).Stoles can be costly, so this gift will be very much appreciated.