Gavin Douglas, 51, first-year ordinand
at St Michael's College, Cardiff, said, 'What I sense is Wales is perhaps in better condition than the rest of the UK.
The bishop declares his intent by asking for "Divine Grace," the ordinands
are led to the altar, and both ordinations (of men and of women) take place within the sanctuary during the Eucharist.
Two questions Bishop Thomas always asked of potential ordinands
or applicants for work in the diocese were whether they were gentlemen, and 'will his wife pass muster as a lady?
Many of these students take the evening classes simply out of interest, their eyes caught by a poster or a plausible paragraph in a prospectus, but about half of the faces in front of me on any given evening belong to people studying theology as part of their training for accredited ministry in the church--normally Anglican and Methodist ordinands
and Anglican Reader trainees, but sometimes others as well.
The litany is identical, with the obvious exception of the use of the feminine form when referring to the ordinand
in the sixth petition.
To the bishop an ordinand
was to present testimonials of his character, orthodoxy, and general fitness for the ministry from local clergymen and from the bishop's commissary and governor of the colony.
One used to think that the central moment of ordination occurred when the bishop handed over the paten and chalice (traditio instrumentorum) to the ordinand
with the words: "Receive the power of offering sacrifice for the living and the dead.
In Mystical Paths Nicholas looks back from a perspective of twenty years to describe events in 1968, when he was still an ordinand
or seminarian studying to be a priest in the Church of England.
JEREMY Cooper is the latest ordinand
from the diocese to become a deacon, having trained on the Newcastle Diocesan OLM Training Scheme for the last two years.
How clearly does an epicletic prayer during the laying-on of hands express that ordination, carried out by the church, is an act of God, who equips the ordinand
by the power of the Holy Spirit?
Australian actor Jesse Spencer, known to fans as Billy Kennedy in Neighbours, plays Raphael, the young ordinand
whose mysterious past will open a Pandora's box from which no one is safe.
This understanding of the substance of the faith has particular importance at ordinations to the eldership and ministry in the church, where the ordinand
subscribes to the confession of faith and has liberty of opinion in all matters that do not enter into "the substance of the faith"--a substance that in many respects remains undefined--and where attempts to seek such a definition have been resisted.