On Sunday 16th September, the patron saint of Tavistock Parish Church, St.Eustachius, will be will be celebrated. A patronal festival Eucharist will be held at 9.45 am and a festival Evensong at 6 pm. Our Church is named after a Roman general who became a Christian in the second century. It is thought that whilst hunting a stag near Rome he saw a vision of a crucifix lodged between the stag’s antlers and was immediately converted to Christianity. Eustachius’s name before his conversion was Placidus. He refused to sacrifice to heathen gods and died a martyr to his faith; he remained steadfast and faithful to his new found faith.
Ordination of Judith Blowey
September will see a number of new priests and deacons being ordained in the diocese. It is always very exciting and humbling to be involved with ordinations when those who have been exploring, and sometimes struggling, with their sense of vocation for many years take an important step on the journey of discipleship. It is also hugely encouraging to see new ministry emerge alongside the existing ministry and encouragement of others.
We are, of course, all disciples. I am always greatly encouraged by the number of those who offer themselves for ministry, whatever form that takes. The exploration, discovery, and nurturing of new gifts and abilities to further God’s work is something which we should all celebrate and rejoice in.
Please pray for all being ordained this September, and from our own Diocese and Benefice for Judith Blowey to be ordained priest in Exeter Cathedral on Saturday, 29th September. Full details of our own plans to celebrate Judith’s new ministry are contained within this magazine but please do come to Judith’s first celebration of the Eucharist which will be on Sunday, 30th September at 9.45 am in Tavistock Parish Church. Everyone is welcome.
With my love and prayers.