As we enter the week after Pentecost, seminarians are feverishly writing Ember Day letters to their bishops. Ember Days are times set aside by the church to pray for those preparing for ordained ministers of the church. Those in formation for ordained ministry are required by Title III Canon III.8.4(e) to “communicate with the Bishop in person or by letter, four times a year, in the Ember Weeks, reflecting on the Postulant’s academic experience and personal and spiritual development.” Writing your Ember Day letters is not only a rite of passage for those preparing for ordained ministry, they are also wonderful reminders to take the time to prayerfully reflect on your spiritual growth.
This week Kevin Laskowski will be required to write his first Ember Day letter. Kevin was granted postulancy by the Rt. Rev. Susan Goff this spring and has been accepted to enter Virginia Theological Seminary in August. I ask that you join me in prayers of thanksgiving for Kevin’s ministry, and in prayers for him, Allison, and Theo in this time of transition. I am thrilled for Kevin and believe he will one day be a very fine priest!
In our prayers this Ember Day, I invite you to pray for all Christians in their vocation:
Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers, which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer page 256)