Ordination & Consecration of the Rev. Lucinda Ashby as 4th Bishop of the Diocese of El Camino Real

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Order of Service Bulletin:

(Service starts about 1:30:00 into the stream, Laying on of hands @ about 3:00)

On Saturday, January 11, 2020, the entire church will gather for the ordination and consecration of the Rev. Lucinda Ashby as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of El Camino Real. The event will be at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Saratoga at 11:00 am. While there isn’t enough room for everyone to celebrate in-person, gatherings will also take place in deanery viewing parties that will livestream the event and feature communion and post-service receptions.

The Holy Scriptures and ancient Christian writers make it clear that from the apostles’ time, there have been different ministries within the Church. In particular, since the time of the New Testament, three distinct orders of ordained ministers have been characteristic of Christ’s holy catholic Church. First, there is the order of bishops who carry on the apostolic work of leading, supervising, and uniting the Church. Secondly, associated with them are the presbyters, generally known as priests. Thirdly, there are deacons who assist bishops and priests in all of this work.
The persons who are chosen and recognized by the Church as being called by God to the ordained ministry are admitted to these sacred orders by solemn prayer and the laying on of episcopal hands. It has been, and is, the intention and purpose of this Church to maintain and continue these three orders; and for this purpose this service of ordination and consecration is appointed.
It is also recognized and affirmed that the threefold ministry is not the exclusive property of this portion of Christ’s catholic Church, but is a gift from God for the nurture of his people and the proclamation of his Gospel everywhere.
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