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6 November

OV Ordination during pandemic

Many congratulations to OV Hannah Gordon (K 91-98) who has just been ordained as a priest in the Church of England in a special service at St Mary’s Church, Reigate.

Hannah says, “I was ordained priest by Rt Rev’d Jonathan Clark, Bishop of Croydon, alongside four other deacons from the Croydon episcopal area. It was an intimate service which felt really special, for example each of us was able to choose a hymn to be included.

I chose to wear slightly non-regulation shoes, which fitted well with our reading from Isaiah 52:7 “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

My husband James and my girls Molly & Tabitha were there along with James’s parents. My training incumbent, Rev’d Kevin Lewis and Rev’d Bridget Shepherd, who was the person I first spoke to about a calling to ordination, joined with the Bishop of Croydon in laying on hands at the point of ordination.

The service was live streamed on YouTube which meant members of my congregation could watch from afar, as well as my parents in Worcester.

As a family we celebrated afterwards with champagne afternoon tea at home, Sutton having come under tier two restrictions the night before. I presided at Holy Communion the next day at our morning service, which was both joyful and awesome.

I’ve certainly come along way on my journey of faith since sitting in the quire for school assembly, or the Cathedral for end of term services!”