Monday, February 2, 2015

Litany of Thanksgiving for the Ordination of Women adapted by Patty Zorn, Original text created by Ruth Meyers


Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests Ordination of priest Judith Bautista , Colombia, 
and deacons Sally Brochu and Janet Blakeley , Nov. 2014  www.arcwp.org

Litany of Thanksgiving
for the Ordination of Women

Response is: Our Spirits rejoice in God!
Let us give thanks to God, who has created us and is transforming the Church. Our souls proclaim the greatness of God. For the gifts of leadership which you have bestowed upon women and men in the Church, Our Spirits rejoice in God.
For Rev. Florence Li, ordained an Episcopal priest in Hong Kong in 1944, Our Spirits rejoice in God.
For Rev. Dr. Eleonora Marinaro ordained a Catholic Woman Priest in 1992, Our Spirits rejoice in God.
For Rev. Phyllis Bracco ordained a Catholic Woman Priest in 1999, Our Spirits rejoice in God.
For Rev. Pamela LeClerc ordained a Catholic Women Priest in 2003 and consecrated a bishop in 2007; first female Bishop, OCCNA, Our Spirits rejoice in God.
For Rev. Peg Ioannone-Nethery ordained a Catholic Woman Priest in 2004, Our Spirits rejoice in God.
For Rev. Patricia Zorn ordained a Catholic Woman Priest in 2005, Our Spirits rejoice in God.
For the first seven women ordained as Roman Catholic Women Priests on the Danube River in 2002, Our Spirits rejoice in God.
For Bridget Mary Meehan ordained a Roman Catholic Woman Priest in Pittsburgh in 2008 and consecrated a Bishop in 2009; first female Bishop of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, Our Spirits rejoice in God.
For the ministries of ordained women - bishops, priests, and deacons - who serve and lead in your Church, Our Spirits rejoice in God.
For the courageous leadership of those who envisioned the possibilities of a priesthood that includes women as well as men, Our Spirits rejoice in God.
For the persistent vision of those denominations where women cannot be ordained, who long to experience the ordained leadership of women as well as men, Our Spirits rejoice in God.
For our children who are growing up with an image of ordained leadership which includes both women and men, Our Spirits rejoice in God.
For ordained women who have died and joined the larger communion of saints, Our Spirits rejoice in God.
Good and gracious God, you have done great things for us:
Holy is your name.
We thank you for the gifts we are receiving
through the ministry of ordained women,
and above all; for the gifts of salvation and new life
offered through Jesus Christ our Redeemer,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be praise and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
(Original text created by Ruth Meyers, Seabury-Western Theological Center

http://arc.episcopalchurch.org/women/two/litany.htm, adapted by Patty Zorn, ARCWP priest on  anniversary of her ordination)

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