Today is the second Winter Ember Day.  There won’t be a third (tomorrow) because it’ll be St. Thomas Day instead.  If you’re an aspirant for holy orders, or a seminarian, or a deacon in transition toward the priesthood, make sure you write your bishop an Ember Day Letter to update him on your discernment and growth.

And for the rest of us, let us pray.

O God, you led your holy apostles to ordain ministers in every place: Grant that your Church, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, may choose suitable persons for the ministry of Word and Sacrament, and may uphold them in their work for the extension of your kingdom; through the great Shepherd and Bishop of our souls, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

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