I commend to you our sister Phoebe

It was a joyful weekend as we gathered (in person!) to witness and celebrate the Ordination of Susie Harding and Dawn McNamara to the Sacred Order of Deacons. Here is the ordination homily, delivered by the Rev. Dr. Sarah Kye Price.

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Homily for the Ordination of Deacons, The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia

September 10, 2022

(Spanish translation below/traducción al español a continuación)

Sermon Texts: Jeremiah 1:4-9; Psalm 119:33-40; Romans 16:1-7; Luke 22:24-27


I commend to you our sister Phoebe.

Today, we gather for the ordination of two women called by God and affirmed by the Church to serve as Deacons. Our Epistle lesson introduces us to another woman called by God, Phoebe, whom Paul names as προστάτις (deacon) in the church at Cenchrea, near the Greek sea port town of Corinth. Phoebe accompanies this pastoral letter in which she is commended by Paul to those in the church in Rome, “so that you may welcome her in the Lord as is fitting for the saints, and help her in whatever she may require from you, for she has been a benefactor of many and of myself as well.”

This brief encounter…

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