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Ordination of Neil Garon Nairn to the Holy Order of Deacons

8th August, 2008 — St. Gregory’s Anglican Church, Nassau, Bahamas

Diocese of The Bahamas & The Turks and Caicos Islands

Ordination of

Neil Garon Nairn To The Holy Order Of Deacons on Friday, the Eighth Day of August being The Feast of St. Dominic at Seven Thirty in the Evening Seven-Thirty Two Thousand And Eight in the Year of our Lord at St. Gregory’s Anglican Church Carmichael Road Nassau, Bahamas


Ordination of Neil Garon Nairn to the Holy Order of Deacons

8th August, 2008 — St. Gregory’s Anglican Church, Nassau, Bahamas

St. Dominic PREACHER, FRIAR, MISSIONARY (8 AUGUST 1221) Dominic was born in Castile, in Spain, in 1170. He entered the priesthood, and eventually became prior of the canons of the cathedral chapter (the clergy who formed the staff of the cathedral and conducted the daily worship services) at Osma (42:52 N 3:03 W). The turning point of his life came in 1206, when he was chosen to accompany the bishop on a visit to southern France, to an area held by the Albigenses. These were a heretical sect more or less directly descended from the early Gnostics and Manichees. They were dualists, holding that there are two gods, one the god of goodness, light, truth, and spirit, and the other the god of evil, darkness, error, and matter. The material universe is the creation of the bad god. The good god made the souls of men, and the bad god kidnapped them and imprisoned them in bodies of flesh. On their first night in Albigensian country, they stayed at an inn where the innkeeper was an Albigensian. Dominic engaged him in conversation, they sat up all night talking, and by dawn the man was ready to become an orthodox Christian. From then on, Dominic knew what his calling in life was. Dominic and his bishop undertook to study the Albigensian beliefs and to engage in public debates with their opponents. They seemed to be making some progress, but in 1207 the bishop died, and in the same year the murder by Albigenses of the papal legate moved the pope to declare a crusade against the Albigenses, which lasted about five years. Dominic continued to preach and to debate where he could, and in 1215 he founded an order of preachers, who were to live in poverty, and devote themselves to studying philosophy and theology and to combatting false doctrine by logical argument rather than by the use of force. He was convinced that a major obstacle to the conversion of heretics was the material wealth of some of the clergy, which made plausible the accusation that they were concerned for their purses and not for the glory of God, and made workers indisposed to hear them. He therefore determined that the brothers of his order should live lives of poverty and simplicity, being no better off materially than those they sought to convert. When he was in Rome, seeking authorization for his order from the Pope, the Pope gave him a tour of the treasures of the Vatican, and remarked complacently (referring to Acts 3:6), "Peter can no longer say, 'Silver and gold have I none.'" Dominic turned and looked straight at the Pope, and said, "No, and neither can he say, 'Rise and walk.'" He got the permission he was seeking, and the order grew and flourished. Officially known as the Order of Preachers (hence the letters O.P. after the name of a member), it was informally known as the Dominicans, or the Blackfriars (from the color of their cloaks). Two of their best-known members are Albertus Magnus (Albert the Great, 1200-1280, see 15 Nov), who was famous for his learning in numerous fields, and his pupil Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274, see 28 Jan), who wrote reconciling Christian theology with the philosophy of Aristotle, which was then being rediscovered in western Europe, and was thought by many to be a threat to Christianity. In later years, the Order forgot its commitment to "logic and persuasion, not force" as the means of bringing men to Christian truth, and many of its members were active in the Inquisition. Dominic was three times offered a bishopric, and refused, believing that he was called to another work. He died in 1220 in Bologna, Italy, after a preaching mission to Hungary. His emblem in art is a dog with a torch in its mouth, a pun on his name (the Dominicans are sometimes called the "Domini canes", the hounds of the Lord), and a reference to his relying on the power of preaching. - James Kiefer (http://satucket.com/lectionary/Dominic.htm)

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Ordination of Neil Garon Nairn to the Holy Order of Deacons

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Chief Celebrant THE MOST REVEREND DREXEL W. GOMEZ Archbishop of the Church in the West Indies Metropolitan, Primate Bishop of The Bahamas & The Turks and Caicos Islands Concelebrants THE RIGHT REVEREND LAISH Z. BOYD Bishop Co-Adjutor THE RIGHT REVEREND GILBERT A. THOMPSON Assistant Bishop Deacon of The Mass THE REVEREND DEACON MARIE ROACH Assistant Curate, St. Gregory’s Parish Church Preacher THE REVEREND ATMA BUDHU Rector, St. Gregory’s Parish Church Litanist THE VENERABLE ARCHDEACON JAMES E. PALACIOUS Diocesan Secretary & Archdeacon for Administration Readers MASTER ELVIS THURSTON, JR. (Nephew) MRS. JUDY ANNE NAIRN (Wife) Presenters THE VENERABLE ARCHDEACON ETIENNE BOWLEG THE REVEREND ATMA BUDHU THE VENERABLE ARCHDEACON JAMES E. PALACIOUS THE REVEREND CANON NEIL ROACH THE REVEREND THADDEUS PRATT CATECHIST CLAYTON NEWBOLD MR. LENFORD NAIRN (Father) MR. WILTON GIBSON MRS. MARY BASDEN MRS. CLAIRE HEPBURN MRS. MARJORIE STUART

MRS. JUDY NAIRN MR. CHARLES SCOTT MRS. ROSAMUND STUBBS MR. WELLINGTON DORSETT

Archbishop’s Chaplain THE REVEREND CANON LEOPOLD COX OTHER PARTICIPANTS

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Ordination of Neil Garon Nairn to the Holy Order of Deacons

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Boat Boy MASTER LAMAR NOTTAGE Thurifer MASTER ARNALDO BASDEN Crucifer MISS PHYLEIA BETHEL First Acolytes MASTER SHASHAKE’ NABBIE MASTER MICHAEL JOHNSON Second Acolytes MISS DOMINIQUE BASDEN MISS T’KEYAH KNOWLES Torch Bearers MASTER CASSIUS CLARKE MASTER KIRKLAND MUNNINGS MASTER KEANU KNOWLES MISS NICOLETTE NOTTAGE MASTER CALVIN PRATT MASTER COURTNEY MAYCOCK Chalice Assistant DEACON PAULETTE CARTWRIGHT ORDINAND ELVARDO ADDERLEY ORDINAND BRADLEY MILLER ORDINAND LETHA STRACHAN Second Master of Ceremonies MISS KATIE LONGLEY Assistant Bishop’s Attendant ORDINAND KERRIE MARCEL Bishop Co-Adjutor’s Attendant TIFFANY HALL Archbishop’s Attendants MR. RICHARD WOOD MR. WHITFIELD HUTCHINSON Element Bearers MR. ARLINGTON BRENNEN MS. GARONIQUE NAIRN MS. JURELL NAIRN MR. GARRETH ROBERTS Hymn Announcer LAY READER RUDOLPH PRATT Organist MR. EDWARD COX THE REVEREND SHAZZ TURNQUEST Ushers ST. GREGORY’S USHER BOARD

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Ordination of Neil Garon Nairn to the Holy Order of Deacons

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Order Of The Service The congregation stands for the singing of the processional hymn: “Come Ye Faithful, Raise The Anthem” Tune: Unser Herrscher, Joachim Neander, 1680 / Words: J Hupton, 1863 and J. M. Neale, 1805.

Come, ye faithful, raise the anthem, Cleave the skies with shouts of praise; Sing to Him Who found the ransom, Ancient of eternal days, God of God, the Word Incarnate, Whom the Heav’n of Heav’n obeys.

Yet this earth He still remembers, Still by Him the flock are fed; Yea, He gives them food immortal, Gives Himself, the living Bread; Leads them where the precious fountain From the smitten rock is shed.

Ere He raised the lofty mountains, Form’d the seas, or built the sky, Love eternal, free, and boundless, Moved the Lord of Life to die, Fore-ordain’d the Prince of princes For the Throne of Calvary.

Trust Him then, ye fainting pilgrims; Who shall pluck you from His hand? Pledged He stands for your salvation, Pledged to give the promised land, Where among the ransomed nations Ye around His throne shall stand.

There, for us and our redemption, See Him all His Life-blood pour! There He wins our full salvation, Dies that we may die no more; Then, arising, lives for ever, Reigning where He was before.

Bring your harps, and bring your odours, Sweep the string and pour the lay; Let the earth proclaim His wonders, King of that celestial day; He the Lamb once slain is worthy, Who was dead, and lives for aye.

High on yon celestial mountains Stands His gem-built Throne, all bright, Midst unending Alleluias Bursting from the sons of light; Sion’s people tell His praises, Victor after hard-won fight.

Laud and honour to the Father, Laud and honour to the Son, Laud and honour to the Spirit, Ever Three and ever One, Consubstantial, Co-eternal, While unending ages run.

The congregation sings the Introit Hymn: “Thy Way, Not Mine, O Lord” Tune: Ibstone, Maria Tiddeman, 1875 / Words: Horatius Bonar, 1857.

Thy way, not mine, O Lord, However dark it be; Lead me by Thine own hand, Choose out the path for me. Smooth let it be or rough, It will be still the best; Winding or straight, it leads Right onward to Thy rest.

I dare not choose my lot; I would not if I might; Choose Thou for me, my God, So I shall walk aright.

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The kingdom that I seek Is Thine, so let the way That leads to it be Thine, Else I must surely stray.

Choose Thou for me my friends, My sickness or my health; Choose Thou my cares for me My poverty or wealth.

Take Thou my cup, and it With joy or sorrow fill, As best to Thee may seem; Choose Thou my good and ill.

Not mine, not mine the choice In things or great or small; Be Thou my Guide, my Strength My Wisdom, and my All.

Archbishop: Jesus said, I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. A servant is not greater than his master, nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. (John 13:15& 16) To God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus. Alleluia, Alleluia. People: From generation to generation for ever. Amen. Alleluia, Alleluia. Archbishop: Let us pray: Almighty and everlasting God, by Your Spirit the whole body of Your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our prayers which we offer before You for all members of Your holy Church that in their vocation and ministry they may truly serve You; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. People: Amen. The Gloria in Excelsis Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, Almighty God and Father, we worship You, we give You thanks, we praise You for Your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; You are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For You alone are the Holy One; You alone are the Lord: You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen. The Collects Archbishop: The Lord be with you. People: And also with you. Archbishop: Let us pray. Eternal Father, through Your Holy Spirit You have appointed many ministries in the Church: Bless Your servant, Neil, now called to be a deacon, maintain him in Your truth, renew him in Your holiness and make him Your ever-faithful servant; through Jesus Christ our Lord. People: Amen. Archbishop: O God, Who on the holy mount revealed to chosen witnesses Your wellbeloved Son, wonderfully transfigured, in raiment white and glistening: Mercifully grant that we, being delivered from the darkness of this world

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and turning to Him, may behold the King in His glory and be transformed into His likeness; Who with You, O Father, and You, O Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. The Ministry Of The Word

The congregation sits. Old Testament Lesson……………………………………...Master Elvis Thurston, Jr. Reader:

A Reading from the Book of Jeremiah 1:4-9.

Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.’ Then I said, ‘Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.’ But the Lord said to me, ‘Do not say, “I am only a boy;” for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I Am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.’ Then the Lord put out His hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me, ‘Now I have put My words in your mouth. Reader: People:

The Word of the Lord Thanks be to God.

The congregation remains seated. Psalm 145:1-7…………………………………...Lead by St. Gregory’s Senior Choir 1

I will exalt You, O | God my | King, * and bless Your | Name for | ever and| ever.

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Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; * there | is no | end to His | greatness.

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One generation shall praise Your | works to an|other * and | shall de|clare Your | power.

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They shall speak of the might of Your | wondrous | acts, * And

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They shall publish the remembrance of your | great | goodness; they shall | sing of your | righteous | deeds.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Spirit; As it was in the beginning is now: and shall be forever. Amen.

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The New Testament Lesson……………………………………..Mrs. Judy Anne Nairn Reader:

A Reading from 1 Timothy 3:8-13.

Deacons likewise must be serious, not double-tongued, not indulging in much wine, not greedy for money; they must hold fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them first be tested; then, if they prove themselves blameless, let them serve as deacons. Women likewise must be serious, not slanderers, but temperate, faithful in all things. Let deacons be married only once, and let them manage their children and their households well; for those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and great boldness in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. Reader: All:

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

The congregation stands for the singing of the Gradual: “Be Thou My Vision” Tune: Slane, of Irish folk origin / Words: Attributed to Dallan Forgaill, 8th Century

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart; Be all else but naught to me, save that Thou art. Be Thou my best thought in the day and the night, Both waking and sleeping, Thy presence my light. Be Thou my Wisdom, be Thou my true Word; Be Thou ever with me, and I with Thee, Lord; Be Thou my great Father, I Thy true son; Be Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one. Be Thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight; Be Thou my whole armour, be Thou my true might; Be Thou my soul’s Shelter, be Thou strong Tower: O raise Thou me heavenward, great Power of my power. Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise, Be Thou mine Inheritance, now and always: Be Thou and Thou only, the first in my heart, O Sovereign of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art. High King of Heaven, Thou heaven’s bright Sun, O grant me its joys after vict’ry is won! Great heart of my own heart, whatever befall, Still be Thou my Vision, O Ruler of all. The Gospel The Holy Gospel…………………………………………………..Deacon Marie Roach

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Ordination of Neil Garon Nairn to the Holy Order of Deacons

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Deacon: All:

The Lord be with you. And also with you.

Deacon:

A reading from the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Mark, the tenth chapter beginning at the thirty-fifth verse. Glory to Christ our Saviour.

All:

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You.’ And He said to them, ‘What is it you want Me to do for you?’ And they said to Him, ‘Grant us to sit, one at Your right hand and one at Your left, in Your glory.’ But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I Am baptized with?’ They replied, ‘We are able.’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I Am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at My right hand or at My left is not Mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.’ When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, ‘You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.’ Deacon: All:

The Gospel of Christ Praise to Christ our Lord.

The congregation sits. Solo…………………………………………………………………….Mrs. Sheral Curry The congregation stands. “As The Deer” Words and Music by Martin Nystrom, 1986.

As the deer panteth for the water, So my soul longeth after Thee. You alone are my heart's desire, And I long to worship Thee.

You're my Friend and You are my Brother Even though You are a King; I love You more than any other, So much more than anything.

You alone are my Strength, my Shield, To You alone may my spirit yield; You alone are my heart's desire, And I long to worship Thee.

I want You more than gold or silver, Only You can satisfy. You alone are the real Joy-Giver, And the apple of my eye.

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The Sermon……………………………………………..…The Reverend Atma Budhu The congregation stands. The Nicene Creed We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen or unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father. Through Him all things were made. For us and for our salvation He came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit He was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate; He suffered, died and was buried. On the third day He rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures; He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father. With the Father and the Son He is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen. Selection…………………………………………………….St. Gregory’s Senior Choir The Consecration And Ordination Of A Deacon The Presentation Presenters: Most Reverend Father in God, we present Neil to be ordained to the office of Deacon in the Church of God. Archbishop: Neil, do you believe that God has called you to the office and work of Deacon in His Church? Ordinand: I believe that God has so called me. Archbishop: Those whose duty it is to inquire about this Neil and examine him have found him to be of godly life and sound learning, and believe him to be duly called to serve God in this ministry. Nevertheless, if any of you know any impediment or crime in him, on account of which he should not be ordained, come forward now, and make it known. Archbishop: Is it therefore your will that he should be ordained? People: It is. Archbishop: Will you uphold him in his ministry? People: We will. The people sit. The oath is administered.

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The Oath The Charge Neil, every Christian is called to follow Jesus Christ, serving God the Father, through the power of the Holy Spirit. A Deacon is called to serve the Church of God and work with its members in caring for the poor, the needy, the sick, and all who are in trouble. A Deacon is to strengthen the faithful, search out the careless and the indifferent, and to preach the Word of God as duly authorised by his Archbishop. As a Deacon in the Church you are to study the Holy Scriptures, to seek nourishment from them, and to model your life upon them. By your word and example, you are to make Christ and His redemptive love known to those among whom you live and work; and worship; and to interpret to the Church their needs, concerns and hopes. You are to assist the Bishop and priests in public worship and in administration of God's Word and Sacraments, and in carrying out other duties assigned to you from time to time. At all times your life and teaching are to show Christ's people that in serving those in need, they are serving Christ Himself. The Examination Archbishop: In order that we may know your mind and purpose, and that you may be strengthened in your resolve to fulfil your ministry, you must answer the questions we now put to you. Do you now in the presence of God and of this congregation commit yourself to this trust and responsibility? Ordinand: I do. Archbishop: Do you accept the Holy Scriptures as uniquely revealing the Word of God and containing all things necessary for eternal salvation through faith in Jesus Christ? Ordinand: I do so accept them. Archbishop: Do you believe the Christian faith as taught in the Holy Scriptures, held by the undivided Church and declared in the Catholic creeds; and in your ministry will you expound and teach it? Ordinand: I believe it, and will so do. Archbishop: Will you be diligent in the reading and study of the Holy Scriptures, and in seeking the knowledge of such things as may deepen your faith and make you a stronger and more able minister of Christ? Ordinand: I will, by the help of God. Archbishop: Will you accept the discipline of this Church, and reverently obey your Archbishop and other ministers set over you in the Lord? Ordinand: I will, by the help of God.

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Archbishop: Will you do your best to pattern your life and that of your family or household in accordance with the teachings of Christ, so that you may be a wholesome example to all people? Ordinand: I will, by the help of God. Archbishop: Will you look for Christ in all others and be ready to help and serve those in need? Ordinand: I will, by the help of God. Archbishop: Will you be diligent in prayer, both in public and in private, in the recitation of Morning and Evening Prayer, and in such things as may increase your love for God? Ordinand: I will, by the help of God. Archbishop: Almighty God, Who has given you the will to do all these things, give you also the grace and power to perform them; that He may complete that work which He has begun in you through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The congregation kneels. The Litany for Ordinations……..led by The Ven. Archdeacon James E. Palacious Litanist: People:

God the Father, Have mercy on us.

Litanist: People:

God the Son, Have mercy on us.

Litanist: People:

God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.

Litanist: People:

Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.

Litanist: People:

We pray to you, Lord Christ, Lord, hear our prayer.

Litanist:

For the Holy Church of God, that it may be filled with truth and love, and be found without fault at the Day of Your coming, we pray to You, O Lord, Lord, hear our prayer.

People: Litanist:

People:

For Drexel, our Archbishop, Laish, Bishop Co-Adjutor, Gilbert, and Michael our Assistant Bishops; and for all Bishops, priests, and deacons, that they may be filled with Your love, may hunger for truth and may thirst after righteousness, we pray to You, O Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Archbishop: For Neil, chosen to be a Deacon in Your Church, that he may faithfully fulfil the duties of this ministry, build up Your Church, and glorify Your

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name, we pray to You, O Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Archbishop: That by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit he may be sustained and encouraged to persevere to the end, we pray to You, O Lord. People: Lord, hear our prayer. Litanist: People: Litanist: People: Litanist: People: Litanist: People: Litanist: People: Litanist: People: Litanist: People: Litanist: People: Litanist:

People: Litanist:

For his family, that they may be adorned with all Christian virtues, we pray to You, O Lord. Lord, hear our prayer. For all who fear God and believe in You, Lord Christ, that our divisions may cease and that all may be one as You and the Father are one, we pray to You, O Lord. Lord, hear our prayer. For the mission of the Church, that in faithful witness it may preach the gospel to the ends of the earth, we pray to You, O Lord. Lord, hear our prayer. For those who do not believe, and for those who have lost their faith, that they may receive the light of the Gospel we pray to You, O Lord. Lord, hear our prayer. For the peace of the world, that a spirit of respect and forbearance may grow among nations and peoples, we pray to You, O Lord. Lord, hear our prayer. For those in positions of public trust, that they may serve justice and promote the dignity and freedom of every person, we pray to You, O Lord. Lord, hear our prayer. For the poor, the persecuted, the sick, and all who suffer; for refugees, prisoners, and all who are in danger, that they may be relieved and protected, we pray to You, O Lord. Lord, hear our prayer. For ourselves, for the forgiveness of our sins and for the grace of the Holy Spirit to amend our lives, we pray to You, O Lord. Lord, hear our prayer. For all who have died in the communion of the Church, and those whose faith is known to You alone, that, with all the saints they may have rest in that place where there is no pain or grief, but eternal life, we pray to You, O Lord. Lord, hear our prayer. Rejoicing in the fellowship of the ever blessed Virgin Mary, St. John the Baptist, St. Dominic and St. Gregory, let us commend ourselves, and

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one another, and all our life to Christ our God. To You, O Lord our God.

Archbishop: Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, mercifully accept the prayers of Your people, and strengthen us to do Your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The Archbishop commends Neil to the prayers of the people: “Come Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire” Tune: VENI CREATOR, Sarum Melody / Words: Bishop Cobin

Bishop: People: Bishop: People:

Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire, And lighten with celestial fire; Thou the anointing Spirit art, Who dost Thy sevenfold gifts impart:

Bishop: People: Bishop: People:

Thy blessed unction from above Is comfort, life, and fire of love; Enable with perpetual light The dullness of our blinded sight:

Bishop: People: Bishop: People:

Anoint and cheer our soiléd face With the abundance of Thy grace: Keep far our foes, give peace at home; Where Thou art guide no ill can come.

Bishop: People: Bishop: People:

Teach us to know the Father, Son, And Thee, of Both, to be but One; That through the ages all along This may be our endless song.

Bishop: People:

Praise to Thy eternal merit, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Consecration and Ordination The ordinand kneels before the Archbishop, he stretches out his hands towards him, and says: Archbishop: We praise and glorify You, most merciful Father, because in Your great love You sent Your only Son Jesus Christ to take the form of a servant; He came to serve and not to be served; and taught us that He who would be great among us must be a servant of all. He humbled Himself for our sake, and in obedience accepted death, even death on a cross; therefore You highly exalted Him and gave Him the name which is above every name. And now we give You thanks that You have called Neil, Your Servant, whom we ordain in Your Name, to share the ministry entrusted to Your Church.

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Send down Your Holy Spirit upon Your servant Neil, for the office and work of a Deacon in Your Church. Almighty Father, give him grace and power to fulfil his ministry. Make him faithful to serve, ready to teach, constant in advancing Your gospel; and grant that, always having full assurance of faith, abounding in hope, and being rooted and grounded in love, he may continue strong and steadfast in Your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, to Whom, with You and your Holy Spirit, belong glory and honour, worship and praise, now and for ever. Amen.

The Archbishop addresses the newly ordained: Archbishop: Neil, receive authority for the office and work of a Deacon in the Church of God; in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. People: Amen. The Vesting Of A Deacon Archbishop: Neil, take this Stole as from the hand of God, that you may fulfil your ministry, for it is He that gives the increase of grace, and Who lives and reigns world without end. All: Amen. Archbishop: Neil, the Lord clothe you with the garment of salvation, the robe of joy, and the dalmatic of righteousness, in the name of the Lord. All: Amen. The Archbishop presents Deacon Nairn with a copy of the New Testament saying, Archbishop: Neil, receive this Book and take authority to proclaim the Gospel and to assist in the administration of the sacraments. All: Amen. The Peace Archbishop: The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. All:

The Peace of the Lord be with you always. And also with you. “Let There Be Peace On Earth” Words & Music: Jill Jackson & Sy Miller, 1955.

Let There Be Peace on Earth and let it begin with me. Let There Be Peace on Earth, the peace that was meant to be! With God as our Father, brothers all are we. Let me walk with my brother in perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now. With ev'ry breath I take, let this be my solemn vow; To take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally! Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me!

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“Sweet Holy Spirit” Words and Music: Doris Akers,1962.

There’s a sweet, sweet spirit in this place, And I know that it’s the presence of the Lord; There are sweet expressions on each face, And I know they feel the presence of the Lord

There are blessings you cannot receive, ‘Til you know Him in His fullness and believe; You’re the one to profit when you say, “I am going to walk with Jesus all the way”.

Sweet Holy Spirit, sweet Heavenly Dove, Stay right here with us, filling us with your love; And for these blessings, we lift our hearts in praise, Without a doubt we’ll know, that we have been revived, When we shall leave this place.

If you say He saved you from your sin, Now you’re weak, you’re bound and cannot enter in; You can make it right if you will yield, You’ll enjoy the Holy Spirit that we feel.

The congregation remains standing for the Offertory Hymn: “Lord Speak To Me” Tune: Holley, George Hews, 1835 / Words: Frances Havergal, 1872.

Lord, speak to me, that I may speak In living echoes of Thy tone; As Thou has sought, so let me seek Thine erring children lost and lone. O lead me, Lord, that I may lead The wandering and the wavering feet; O feed me, Lord, that I may feed Thy hungering ones with manna sweet.

O give Thine own sweet rest to me, That I may speak with soothing power A word in season, as from Thee, To weary ones in needful hour.

O strengthen me, that while I stand Firm on the rock, and strong in Thee, I may stretch out a loving hand To wrestlers with the troubled sea.

O fill me with Thy fullness, Lord, Until my very heart o’erflow In kindling thought and glowing word, Thy love to tell, Thy praise to show.

O teach me, Lord, that I may teach The precious things Thou dost impart; And wing my words, that they may reach The hidden depths of many a heart.

O use me, Lord, use even me, Just as Thou wilt, and when, and where, Until Thy Blessèd Face I see, Thy rest, Thy joy, Thy glory share.

The Presentation of The Offerings When the offertory procession arrives at the altar, the congregation sings The Doxology. People:

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Praise God from Whom all blessings flow, Praise Him all creatures here below, Praise Him above ye heavenly host, Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.


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The Offertory Prayer President Father, we offer You these gifts which You have given us; this bread, and People: this wine, this money. With them we offer ourselves, our lives, and our work, to become, through Your Holy Spirit, a reasonable, holy, and lively sacrifice. As this bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ, so may we and all Your people become channels of Your love; through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. While the Oblations are censed, the congregation sings: “How Bright These Glorious Spirits Shine” Tune: Bromsgrove, Psalmodia Evangelica, part II, 1789 / Words: Isaac Watts, 1707.

How bright these glorious spirits shine! Whence all their white array? How came they to the blissful seats Of everlasting day? Lo! these are they from sufferings great Who came to realms of light; And in the Blood of Christ have wash’d Those robes that shine so bright.

The Lamb, Which dwells amidst the Throne, Shall o’er them still preside, Feed them with nourishment Divine, And all their footsteps guide.

Now with triumphal palms they stand Before the Throne on high, And serve the God they love amidst The glories of the sky.

Midst pastures green He’ll lead His flock Where living streams appear; And God the Lord from every eye Shall wipe off every tear.

Hunger and thirst are felt no more, Nor suns with scorching ray; God is their Sun, Whose cheering beams Diffuse eternal day.

To Father, Son and Holy Ghost, The God Whom we adore, Be glory, as it was, is now, And shall be evermore.

The Eucharistic Prayer Archbishop: All: Archbishop: All:

The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord.

Archbishop: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. All: It is right to give God thanks and praise. Archbishop: It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give You thanks, Father Almighty, everlasting God: Through the great shepherd of Your flock, Jesus Christ our Lord; Who after His resurrection sent forth His apostles to preach the Gospel and to teach all nations; and promised to be with them always, even to the end of the ages. Therefore we praise You, joining our voices with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven, who forever sing this hymn to

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proclaim the glory of Your Name: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might; heaven and earth are full of Your glory, Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest. Celebrants: All Holy and glorious Father, our Creator God, we give You thanks because in Your loving wisdom You brought all things into being, and are truly worthy of praise from every creature You have made. Again and again we have turned away from You; yet in every age Your steadfast love has called us to return, to live in union with You: for it is Your eternal purpose to put new life into all things and make them holy. Through Your Son, Jesus Christ Who took our human nature upon Him, You have redeemed the world from the bondage of sin: and by the power of Your Holy Spirit You have gathered a people to Yourself, to make known in every place His perfect offering which He made to the glory of Your Name. Hear us, therefore, Father, through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord; And grant that these gifts of bread and wine may be unto us His Body and Blood. For, on the night He was betrayed He took bread, and when He had given thanks to You, He broke it and gave it to His disciples and said: "Take this, and eat it: This is My Body which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of Me." And after supper He took the cup of wine: and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them and said: “Drink this, all of you: This is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it. Do this for the remembrance of Me.” Let us proclaim the mystery of our faith. All: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. All:

Celebrants: And so, Heavenly Father, rejoicing in His Holy Incarnation; His Blessed Passion and His Perfect Sacrifice made once for all upon the Cross; His Mighty Resurrection from the dead; His Glorious Ascension into heaven; and looking for His Coming in glory; we offer to You this Bread and this Cup. We pray that You will accept this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; and grant that all who eat and drink of the Body and Blood, of Your Son, our great High Priest, may be renewed by Your Holy Spirit, and be one Body, one Spirit, in Him. Let faith and love increase in us. Unite us with all bishops, all other ministers of Your Word and Sacraments, and with the whole people of God, living and departed, whom You have made for Yourself. Confirm us in holiness, that we may be found ready to join the company of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. John the Baptist, St. Francis, St. Andrew and all Your saints, when our Lord Jesus Christ comes again: Forever giving You thanks and praise through Him from whom all good

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All:

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things do come. With Him and in Him and through Him, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we worship You, Father Almighty, with all who stand before You in earth and heaven, in songs of everlasting praise: Blessing and honour and glory and power be yours for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer Archbishop: As our Saviour has taught us, so we pray: All: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name; your kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are Yours now and forever. Amen. The Breaking of the Bread Archbishop: God of promise, You have prepared a Banquet for us. All: Happy are those who are called to the supper of the Lamb. The Invitation Archbishop: My brothers and sisters in Christ, draw near and receive His Body which He gave for you, and His Blood, which He shed for you. Remember that He died for you, and feed on Him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving. All: Grant gracious Lord, that we may so eat the flesh of Your dear Son, Jesus Christ, and drink His blood, that we may evermore dwell in Him and He in us. Amen. Agnus Dei All:

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: grant us peace. Communion Hymns “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” Tune: Picardy, Christopher Tambling (1964-) / Words: Gerard Moultrie (1829-1885)

Let all mortal flesh keep silence, And with fear and trembling stand; Ponder nothing earthly minded, For with blessing in His hand, Christ our God to earth descendeth, Our full homage to demand.

King of kings, yet born of Mary, As of old on earth He stood, Lord of lords, in human vesture, In the body and the blood; He will give to all the faithful His own self for heavenly food.

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Rank on rank the host of heaven Spreads its vanguard on the way, As the Light of light descendeth From the realms of endless day, That the powers of hell may vanish As the darkness clears away.

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At His feet the six wingèd seraph, Cherubim with sleepless eye, Veil their faces to the presence, As with ceaseless voice they cry: “Alleluia, Alleluia Alleluia, Lord Most High!”

Anthem…………………………………………………...…St. Gregory’s Senior Choir “‘Tis Good, Lord, To Be Here” Tune: Carlisle / Words: J.A. Robinson

’Tis good, Lord, to be here, Thy glory fills the night; Thy face and garments, like the sun, Shine with unborrowed light. ’Tis good, Lord, to be here, Thy beauty to behold Where Moses and Elijah stand, Thy messengers of old.

Before we taste of death, We see Thy kingdom come; We fain would hold the vision bright And make this hill our home.

Fulfiller of the past, Promise of things to be, We hail Thy body glorified And our redemption see.

’Tis good, Lord, to be here. Yet we may not remain; But since Thou bidst us leave the mount, Come with us to the plain. “ God Of Mercy, God Of Grace” Words: Henry Smart (1813-1879)

God of mercy, God of grace, Show the brightness of Thy face; Shine upon us, Savior, shine, Fill Thy Church with light divine, And Thy saving health extend, Unto earth’s remotest end. Let the people praise Thee, Lord! Be by all that live adored; Let the nations shout and sing Glory to their Savior King, At Thy feet their tribute pay, And Thy holy will obey.

Let the people praise Thee, Lord! Earth shall then her fruits afford, God to man His blessings give, Man to God devoted live; All below and all above One in joy and light and love.

“Alleluia! Sing To Jesus” Music: Alleluia, S. S. Wesley / Words: W.C. Dix

Alleluia! sing to Jesus! His the Sceptre, His the Throne; Alleluia! His the triumph, His the victory alone; Hark! the songs of peaceful Sion thunder like a mighty flood; Jesus out of every nation hath redeem’d us by His Blood.

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Alleluia! not as orphans are we left in sorrow now; Alleluia! He is near us, faith believes, nor questions how: Though the cloud from sight received Him, when the forty days were o'er Shall our hearts forget His promise, 'I Am with you evermore'? Alleluia! Bread of Angels, Thou on earth our Food, our Stay; Alleluia! here the sinful flee to Thee from day to day; Intercessor, Friend of sinners, Earth's Redeemer, plead for me. Where the songs of all the sinless sweep across the crystal sea. Alleluia! King eternal, Thee the Lord of lords we own; Alleluia! born of Mary, Earth Thy footstool, Heav’n Thy Throne: Thou within the veil hast enter’d, robed in flesh, our great High Priest. Thou on earth both Priest and Victim in the Eucharistic Feast. Alleluia! sing to Jesus! His the Sceptre, His the Throne; Alleluia! His the triumph, His the victory alone; Hark! the songs of peaceful Sion thunder like a mighty flood; Jesus out of every nation hath redeem’d us by His Blood. Solo……………………………………………………………………Mr. Adrian Archer The Post Communion Prayer All:

Almighty Father, we thank You for feeding us with the holy food of the body and blood of Your Son, and for uniting us through Him in the fellowship of Your Holy Spirit. We thank You for raising up among us faithful servants for the ministry of Your word and sacraments. We pray that Neil may be to us a godly example in word and action, in love and patience, and in holiness of life. Grant that we, with him, may serve You now, and always rejoice in Your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. The Blessing

Archbishop: Our help is in the name of the Lord All: The maker of heaven and earth. Archbishop: Blessed be the name of the Lord. All: From this time forth for evermore. Archbishop: Almighty God, Who for the salvation of mankind gives to His people many gifts and ministries to the advancement of His glory, stir up in you the gifts of His grace, sustain each one of you in your own ministry; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever. All: Amen. Deacon: All:

The Dismissal Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. In the name of Christ, Amen.

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The congregation stands for the recessional hymns. “Jesus Use Me” Words and Music: James and Billy Campbell

Dear Lord I’ll be a witness, If You will help my weakness; I know that I’m unworthy, Lord of Thee, By eyes of faith I see Thee, Upon the Cross of Calvary, Dear Lord, I cry, let me Thy servant be.

I’ll stand for Thee dear Jesus, What’e’r the cost may be; I’ll spread the gospel to the lost each day, But if it be Thy will, Lord, To send me o’er the sea, I’ll follow Thee tho’ death should come my way.

Jesus use me, and O Lord don’t refuse me, For surely there’s a work that I can do; And even tho’ it’s humble, Lord, help my will to crumble, Tho’ the cost be great, I’ll work for You.

He’s the Lily of the Valley, The bright and Morning Star; He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul, He’s the beautiful Rose of Sharon, He’s all the world to me, But best of all He is my coming king.

“All Hail The Power Of Jesus Name” Words: Edward Perronet, 1779. Music: William Shrubsole, 1779

All hail the power of Jesus’ Name; Let Angels prostrate fall; Bring forth the royal diadem And crown Him, crown Him And crown Him Lord of all. Crown Him, ye morning stars of light, Who fixed this floating ball; Now hail the strength of Israel’s might, And crown Him, crown Him And crown Him Lord of all.

Hail Him, ye heirs of David’s line, Whom David Lord did call, The God Incarnate, Man Divine, And crown Him, crown Him And crown Him Lord of all.

Crown Him, ye martyrs of your God, Who from His Altar call; Extol the Stem-of-Jesse’s Rod, And crown Him, crown Him And crown Him Lord of all.

Sinners, whose love can ne’er forget The wormwood and the gall, Go spread your trophies at His feet, And crown Him, crown Him And crown Him Lord of all.

Ye seed of Israel’s chosen race, Ye ransom’d of the fall, Hail Him Who saves you by His grace, And crown Him, crown Him And crown Him Lord of all.

Let every tribe and every tongue Before Him prostrate fall And shout in universal song The Crownèd, the Crowned, The Crownèd Lord of all. *

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My Prayerful Thanks... TO ALMIGHTY GOD This night and for the rest of my life I’ll praise You Lord. Indeed, nobody has told me that the road would be easy, but I know Lord You have not brought me this far to leave me. Lord, here I am; I have heard You calling me, I will go Lord, because I know You will lead me, and for that reason I will hold Your people in my heart. Lord I will hold them in my heart because You have lifted me up so high that I can stand on mountains, Lord, I am strong when I am on Your shoulders. Lord Jesus, I pray that You would use me, for surely there is work that I can do, use me Lord, I submit myself fully to You and to Your purpose. Lord, I thank You for Your many blessings and guidance in my life, not just now Lord, but ever since I was conceived in my mothers womb. Thank You! As I embark on this calling You have placed on my life, continue to be with me — it’s Thy way not mine, O Lord, however dark it be. I will serve You until my work is ended here in this part of Your vineyard.

TO MY FAMILY I thank God for your love and overwhelming support this evening and during my studies at Codrington College in Barbados, and especially by your presence here this evening at St. Gregory’s to witness this childhood dream of mine become a reality. Thank you and God bless you all in a very special way.

TO MY CHURCH FAMILY Like the king of pop Michael Jackson would say “speechless,” yes, St. Gregory’s that’s how you make me feel, “Speechless!” Thanks for your many prayers, your expressions of love and support, and for believing in me. I pray by the help of Almighty God that I would make you feel proud always. Thank you and please continue to pray for me.

SPECIAL THANKS To all the persons who have come to make this dream a reality, especially those persons who have participated in some way or another. If I attempt to start singling out any one I know for sure I would get myself into trouble and find myself in someone’s bad book. So, in order to play it safe, I say a special, special, special thank you to everyone who made my ordination to the Diaconate a blessing and indeed a memorable occasion. A special thanks to all of you again and always remember “God loves you, I love you and all of you are very special.” ***

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Neil Garon Nairn PERSONAL • • • • • •

Father: Lenford A Nairn Mother: The late Leo M. Coleby-Nairn Born at Nichol's Town, Andros Married: Judy Anne Seymour-Nairn Children: Marco, Garonique, Ramon Grand-child: Marco Jr.

EDUCATION • • • • • • •

Nicholl’s Town All Age School Mabel Walker Primary School S. C. McPherson Junior High School The Government High School College Of The Bahamas Codrington College, Barbados University of The West Indies, Barbados

ACADEMIC • • •

Bahamas Junior Certificates General Certificates of Education High School Diploma The Government High School

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• Associate of Arts Degree

- Religious Studies College Of The Bahamas • Diploma - Pastoral Studies Codrington College, Barbados • Licentiate Degree - Theology University of The West Indies, Barbados

AWARDS

• Dean’s List, 2004 & 2005

College Of The Bahamas

• Manual Chief,

Codrington College, Barbados

EMPLOYMENT

• Family Guardian Insurance Company • Imperial Life Insurance Company

ST. GREGORY’S CHURCH INVOLVEMENT

Priest Warden, St. Gregory’s Chalice Assistance Assistant Treasurer, A. C. M. Leader, Guild of St. Ambrose, St. Gregory’s • President, Diocesan Guild of St. Ambrose • • • •

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