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Some basic information for those sensing a call to Holy Orders
I think I might be called...
You've sensed a call to the Diaconate.
Ordination. Holy Orders. Not for the faint of heart!
You might be asking yourself,
"How do I test this call? How do I know it's the Lord at work and not just me?"
That's exactly what you should be asking. That's a part of the discernment process.
And it's the best place to start.
The good news is that men who are truly called by the Holy Spirit to the Diaconate have usually been operating in the the 'charisms' or gifts of a Deacon for quite some time. They're already Deacons at heart and in practice. Ordination becomes the sacramental anointing and sanctifying seal upon that call.
In some instances, others in your church--your Rector, Warden, members of the Vestry,
or even your own wife--might see in you what you don't see in yourself.
Perhaps they're the ones encouraging you to prayerfully seek ordination
for the spirit in which you are already operating.
Read through the links below for more information.