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I was ordained to the sacred order of priests on December 14th at 3:30 in the afternoon by the Rt. Rev. Stephen Taylor Lane, Bishop of Maine, at the parish where I've served as vicar since August, St. Stephen the Martyr, Waterboro, ME. Folks from four of the five congregations that have been in my life in the past 15 years or so were in attendance--100 people in our little church.
My first Eucharist as a priest is this coming Sunday, Advent IV. At some point, soon, I hope to have some more reflections on the whole experience.
In short, the service was wonderful. It was great to see everyone, and to finally get to this place! I'm so grateful and blessed by all the support and prayers. Especially since the weekend began with an ice storm that put a significant part of New England into the dark for days--our power went out Thursday night and didn't come back until Monday afternoon (after the ordination) Fortunately, family was staying in town at a motel with power--and most important, showers.
Do I feel different? I dunno. I expected that there might be some sense of being slain or out of body, but it was very "real" in the sense that I felt very present--it was odd to feel myself surrounded by my friends and colleagues as I knelt for the consecration, with the bishop singing the Veni Creator Spiritus--to feel and not see them, knowing they were there, being able to discern a voice or two among the group.
Do I feel different? Perhaps that I know that this is who I am and have been all along--people have been telling me that for years.