Thomas Kortus was ordained to the Priesthood by the Right Reverend Terrell Glenn on Sunday, January 16th at 7 pm at All Saints Church!
An excerpt from the ordination liturgy:
You have heard, throughout the Church’s discernment of your vocation, in the sermon just preached, and in the Holy Scriptures themselves, of the dignity and great importance of this Office to which you are called. Now again we exhort you, in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you remember how dignified and important is your calling: to be a messenger, watchman, and steward of the Lord; to teach and to warn, to feed and provide for the Lord’s family; and to seek for Christ’s lost sheep, his children in the midst of this fallen world, that they may be saved by him forever.
Always remember, therefore, how great a treasure is the congregation committed to your charge. They are the sheep of Christ, which he bought with his death, and for whom he shed his blood. The Church and congregation you will serve is his bride, his body. And if it should happen that the Church, or any member thereof, is hurt or hindered by your negligence, you know the significance of your fault, and the grievous judgment that will follow. For this reason never cease to labor, with care and diligence, until you have done all that you are able, according to the promises you make, to bring those committed to your charge into that unity in the faith and knowledge of God, and to maturity and fullness in Christ, that there might be no place left among you either for error in religion, or for persistently indulging the vices of life.
Be mindful, however, that you cannot do this on your own; for the will and the ability is given by God alone. Therefore you ought, and need, to pray earnestly for his Holy Spirit. And seeing that there are no other means to accomplish such an important work, as it pertains to the salvation of souls; consider how studiously you ought to read and learn the Scriptures, and conduct yourself, your household, and all those committed to your care, according to its rule, to be a wholesome and godly example for your people to follow. For this reason, you ought to forsake and set aside all worldly cares and concerns as much as you are able.
Collect for Ordination
Almighty God, giver of all good things, by your Holy Spirit you have appointed various Orders of Ministry in your Church; mercifully behold this your servant now called to the Office of Priesthood; and so fill him with your truth, and adorn him with holiness of life, that, both by word and good example, he may faithfully serve you in this Office, to the glory of your Name, and the edification of your Church; through the merits of Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the same Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen.